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
1 - Dexter Fowler
The Astros got themselves a leadoff man after Luhnow and Co. pulled off what appears to many as a steal to get the proven center fielder. Fowler can hit (career 111 wRC+), run (19 stolen bases in 2013 even with injury trouble) and field, despite what the advanced metrics say. The biggest question lies in Fowler's ability to perform outside of Coors Field. In his five years with Colorado, Fowler hit .241 with a 25.3 strikeout percentage on the road. -Perry
16 - Brett Wallace
One would think that 2014 would have to be the final chance that Wallace has to remain an Astro. The former first-rounder is the kind of guy fans root for to succeed, but he just can't find consistent success at the major league level. The upside for Wally is that he appeared to have some new found power after being recalled from AAA in the middle of 2013 as he slugged a career-high 13 homers in only 262 at-bats. The down side? He isn't anything special with the glove at first and is now facing a platoon with newly acquired Jesus Guzman. -Perry