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:
18 - Hector Ambriz
Signed as a free agent after being released by the Cleveland Indians in June, the 29-year-old Ambriz did something he had only shown in the minors last season for the Astros: he struck out guys at an impressive clip. There's a reason why Jeff Luhnow floated his name as a possible closer and it's all about that 10.24 strikeout rate. His walk rate is high, but can be managed as a reliever. Ambriz had a 4.19 ERA last season but a terribly low 2.84 FIP and 3.59 SIERA that suggests he could be in for a nice season in the bullpen this year. -David
47 - Asher Wojciechowski
Wojo was one of the 15,000 pitchers involved in that trade with Toronto last season. After being drafted out of The Citadel, Wojo had a disappointing first full season in the pros. But, he bounced back in 2012 and was stellar for Corpus in eight starts after the trade. Wojo threw 137 innings overall last season and 43 for Corpus with a 2.06 ERA with the Hooks and 34 strikeouts to go with 14 walks. He's a big-framed guy who should be an innings eater at the big league level and could get there within two seasons. -David