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Could position moves be valuable for the Astros??

Now I will preface this with, I have a feeling that this idea won't be overly popular with most fans. But, think it through, it's worked before. A little more than twenty years ago, a young Astros catcher spent quite a bit of time working on learning how to play second base. He was athletic and the move would extend his career. In fact, it would turn into a Hall of Fame career. I doubt this player needs to be named but, in case it does, this catcher was Craig Biggio. The Astros were struggling to find a second baseman and Biggio filled the need.....well.....famously.

Today, the Astros find themselves in a situation where their options at first base are a bit questionable. Chris Carter is a "swing big, miss big" plodder who is average at best defensively. He seems to fit the role of DH better than an everyday player. Brett Wallace is a much better defensive player than Carter, but he has average power and misses more than he hits. Neither player walks much so OBP won't even be discussed.

In AAA we have the highly touted Jonathon Singleton. Mr Singleton has seen better days at the plate, namely AA. Least we forget his last years drug suspension which shouldn't give us a warm fuzzy either. He managed to hit .230 with 11 home runs in 2013 splitting time between Quad City, Corpus and OKC. His walk to strike out ratio is a bit alarming as well (59:110). It would be nice to see those number flip-flop. But will they? Will he turn into the player we all hope he can be? There are no guarantees. This team needs some absolutes.

We can hope, and hope springs eternal, but we need more than hope. Enter into the conversation Jason Castro. Jason hit .276 with 18 HR's. He did strike out 130 times but that was almost half of Carters numbers. So, why not move Castro to first? He's athletic, has some power and is a smart player. This also opens up the opportunity for Stassi and Corporan to play more often. With Castro out at the end of last season, they played well enough to get an opportunity. More importantly, it would extend Castro's career.

Obviously, the Astros have bigger concerns than "Who's on first". But it is a concern none the less. They have an opportunity to let Castro learn the position now, while expectations are low. What would be less than desirable is to wait until 2015 to only find out Singleton can't make the jump to the majors, Carter and Wallace are still strike out machines and first base is a disaster. Just because you move a guy does not mean it's forever.

Try it Mr. Luhnow......you just might like it.

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