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Current Astros 40 man roster. Who would you assign where?


It's only January so a lot will change between now and Opening Day (spring training performances and injuries), but based on the current 40 man roster, who would you select for the 25 man opening day roster? Where would you assign the other players?

Pitchers
Matt Albers bullpen
Anthony Bass waive/Oklahoma City
Kevin Chapman bullpen
Jose Cisnero Oklahoma City
Paul Clemens Oklahoma City
Jarred Cosart starting rotation
Jesse Crain bullpen (closer)
Luis Cruz Corpus Christi
Darin Downs waive/Oklahoma City
Scott Feldman starting rotation
Josh Fields bullpen
Lucas Harrell waive/Oklahoma City
Dallas Keuchel waive/Oklahoma City
Chia-Jen Lo bullpen
David Martinez waive/Oklahoma City
Collin McHugh waive/Oklahoma City
Brett Oberholtzer starting rotation
Rudy Owens Oklahoma City
Brad Peacock starting rotation
Chad Qualls bullpen
Raul Valdes waive/Oklahoma City
Alex White Oklahoma City
Asher Wojciechowski starting rotation
Josh Zeid bullpen

Catchers
Jason Castro starting catcher
Carlos Corporan backup catcher
Max Stassi Oklahoma City

Infielders
Jose Altuve starting second baseman
Chris Carter starting DH
Matt Dominguez starting third baseman
Marwin Gonzalez utility infielder
Jesus Guzman right handed portion of platoon at first base
Jonathan Singleton Oklahoma City
Jonathan Villar starting shortstop
Brett Wallace left handed portion of platoon at first base

Outfielders
Dexter Fowler starting center fielder
Robbie Grossman starting left fielder
L.J. Hoes starting right fielder
Marc Krauss corner outfield backup
Domingo Santana Oklahoma City

I don't expect many arguments regarding the position player assignments (feel free to do so). I'm sure George Springer's name will come up, but this little exercise is based on the current 40 man, which Springer is not a part of. Full disclosure: I would start Springer as the opening day right fielder if I were the GM. I am fully aware of the arbitration clock and the continued strikeout issues as reasons to keep him down a little longer, but I am of the opinion that you need to have him in the lineup now.

In regards to the pitching staff, I'm sure others will argue against my selection of Wojo into the rotation. He's due. He's 25, had a solid full season at AAA. Give him a shot. He'll be the 5th starter, no pressure. Show us what you got kid.

The bullpen assignments I've made will also get some arguments. The guys I have listed as waive or assign to OKC are generally waiver pickups themselves or guys signed to minor league contracts. Don't think any of those would be a shocking omission off the 25 man roster.

Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you

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