Round 2 of the TCB 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 check out the tournament introductory post.
The rules are simple, determine which player you want to advance to the next round and then vote. Vote subjectively, objectively, using your trusty magic eight ball or any other set of criteria. It's totally up to you how you want to vote! Votes for this round will last exactly 24 hours.
In this match-up
4 - Lance McCullers
The 41st overall pick of the 2012 draft, McCullers has as devastating a two pitch mix as you'll find in the minors, with a blazing fastball that can hit triple digits with ease, and a slider described as untouchable when he has a good feel for it. He ripped up opponents at the Class low-A for the Quad Cities RiverBandits in 2013. He posted a 2.91 FIP with 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 104.2 innings pitched. Questions about his mechanics, command and ability to polish his changeup into a useful third offering invite questions about his future role, but there's little doubt he should be a useful late-inning bullpen arm at the very least. -Ashitaka
5 - Domingo Santana
Domingo proved a lot this past year in his first year in AA. His power is more than real but his strikeout problems are just as real. He also proved that he's not as lost in the outfield as previously thought based on the bizarre routes he took in Lancaster. Where he starts is anyone's guess, a repeat in AA is a possibility or he could be in AAA, where again he'll be on the low end age-wise. The ceiling is high for Domingo with potential as an above-average defensive right fielder as well as a true power threat. -Brooks