Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno vs right-handed pitching prospect Paul Clemens
TCB's Astros Fan Favorite March Madness Tournament is underway. From now until the end of Spring Training 64 players will spend the next several weeks facing off in a head to head public vote to determine who advances to the next round and who will eventually be crowned the communities favorite Astros player. For more details click here for the introductory post.
The rules are simple determine which player you want to advance to the next by voting for that player. Any excellent arguments made for an advancing player in the comments below may be used in the players description for the next round. Vote subjectively, objectively or by using your trusty magic eight ball. Votes will last exactly 24 hours.
In this match-up:
14 - Xavier Cedeno
Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno quietly provided quality relief for the Astros in 2012. In 31 innings of relief he posted a 3.77 ERA, 3.48 FIP and a 3.60 xFIP. In 70 plate apperances he held left-handed batters to a .213/.304/.311 batting line and struck out 27 left-handed batters and 36 batters overall. With the Astros rebuilding their bullpen don't be surprised if Cedeno emerges as one of the more reliable relievers especially against lefties.
51 - Paul Clemens
Paul Clemens exited the 2012 Spring Training with a lot of excitement. Unfortunately, his time in AAA Oklahoma City was not what everyone expected. In 20 starts, 101.2 innings, Clemens posted a 6.73 ERA. His time in AA Corpus Christi resulted in much better numbers where he posted a 3.46 ERA in seven starts, 41.2 innings. While his results were less than ideal at AAA he has the stuff that makes scouts and prospectors drool.
Who should advance to the second round?
Xavier Cedeno (71 votes)
Paul Clemens (44 votes)
115 total votes