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:
54 - Brady Rodgers
Drafted in the third round of the 2012 MLB draft, right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers did well for himself in low A Tri-City posting a 2.89 ERA in 12 starts and 62.1 innings with the club. His seven wins was tied for the lead on the team and third in the New York-Pennsylvania League. Expect Rodgers to continue to make solid progress through the minors next year.
58 - Adrian Houser
The 2011 second round selection by the Astros, Adrian Houser, hasn't lived up to his billing as a second round selectiong so far in his minor league career. In two seasons he's only pitched 106 innings, 58 of which came in 2012. His results in those innings have been only so-so with a 4.25 ERA in his minor league career. His FIP and peripherals, on the other hand, say that he could be in for a bounce back year next year. In 2012 his 3.01 FIP was a full run lower than his ERA indicating he wasn't getting the results of his talent level. 2013 could be a breakout yet for Houser on the mound.