TCB's Astros Fan Favorite March Madness Tournament is underway. From now until the end of Spring Training 64 players will spend the next several weeks facing off in a head to head public vote to determine who advances to the next round and who will eventually be crowned the communities favorite Astros player. For more details click here for the introductory post.
The rules are simple determine which player you want to advance to the next by voting for that player. Any excellent arguments made for an advancing player in the comments below may be used in the players 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
8 - Dallas Keuchel
Few people know his name, and fewer still realize just how effective Keuchel was in 2013. His walk rate came down and his strikeout rate spiked up, while he also continued to get a ton of ground balls. A .340 BAbip appears to have hurt him, and his xFIP was more than a run and a half better than his ERA. 2014 could see a major breakout for the crafty 7th round pick, and he's one reason to be optimistic for the near future of the Astros rotation. -Ashitaka
9 - Kevin Chapman
Chapman has always had good stuff, but has a limited idea of where its going. He did nothing in AAA to alay fears that his command will eventually torpedo his career, posting a 6.39 BB/9 in 50.2 innings, but after striking out an insane number of lefties (14.09 K/9 vs. LHB), he was called up for LOOGY duty. Much like Jarred Cosart, the ERA was shiny in a very limited Major League sample, but the peripherals dampened any future hopes of a repeat performance. He has age on his side, but his command issues are severe, and he'll have to improve, or at least mitigate, them somehow if he wants to have a long Major League career. -Ashitaka