Astros All-Star second basemen Jose Altuve vs right-handed pitching prospect Micheal Foltynewicz.
TCB's Astros Fan Favorite March Madness Tournament is underway. From now until the end of Spring Training, 64 players will face off in a head-to-head public vote to determine who advances to the next round, and who will eventually be crowned the community's favorite Astros player. For more details, click here for the introductory post.
The rules are simple: Determine which player you think should advance to the next round by voting for that player. Arguments made for an advancing player in the comments section below may be used in that player's 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:
6 - Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve spent his first full year in the majors last year posting a .325 wOBA in 630 plate appearnce, at the age of 22. For context, a league average hitter last year posted a .315 wOBA; A league average second basemen posted a .302 wOBA. Altuve's wOBA along with his seven homeruns and 33 stolen bases gave Houston above average offensive production at second base last year.
39 Michael Folytnewicz
Player development isn't a science, as much as Houston's front office may want it to be. DDJ is a good example, but Folty is another. After a disappointing 2011 season, the 20-year old had a great bounce-back year repeating Low A. In 152 innings, Folty had a 3.14 ERA with 125 strikeouts and 62 walks. He increased every big stat category while lowering his ERA and basically becoming more productive. He's still a project and his prospect status took a hit. But, after 2012, Folty looks more like Jordan Lyles than Brad Dydalewicz. -David
Who should advance to the next round?
Jose Altuve (107 votes)
Michael Foltynewicz (16 votes)
123 total votes