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:
33 - George Springer
The lanky outfielder from UConn is the first real five-tool outielder Houston has had in its system since the days of Hunter Pence, Richard Hidalgo and Bobby Abreu. After being taken 11th overall in the 2011 draft, Springer has shot through the Houston system using all five of those tools. He made it to Double-A last season after hitting .316/.398/.557 at High A Lancaster with 22 home runs and 28 steals. He did less well for Corpus, hitting .219/.288/.342 in 81 PAs and raising questions of whether he'll make enough contact to become a solid major leaguer. Still, the tools are impressive and he should go into spring with a chance to show the Astros brass he's ready sooner rather than later. -David
61 - Ross Seaton
Right-handed pitcher Ross Seaton made significant progress in his development last year between AA and AAA. In 169.1 innings he posted a 3.93 ERA as a starter for the two levels. Despite being drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft he is only 23 and still a prospect, he just missed TCB's top 30 prospect list by one spot. Continuing improvement in his development as a starter could mean a call-up to the majors at some point in 2013.