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
2 - Carlos Correa
The first overall selection of 2012's Rule IV draft has already established himself as one of the best prospects in baseball after an impressive showing in full season ball despite being just 18 years old. Though he has no chance to break camp with the big boys, he should see plenty of time with the Major League club in Spring Training, as the Astros have him on the well-deserved fast track. Correa will look to build off 2013's performance by continuing to polish every area of his game and convert his raw power into game power in Lancaster, and likely Corpus Christi at some point. -Ashitaka
7 - Max Stassi
The 23 year old catcher's Major League career got off to a start that was similar to his minor league career; plagued with injuries. In just his eighth Big League plate appearance, Stassi was struck in the face by a pitch and his season was over. Fortunately there was no permanent damage, and with Jason Castro's history of knee injuries, there will be plenty of playing time for whomever is named his backup this year. Stassi has real upside; his defense, game calling and pitch framing all receive high marks, and while there's some question as to just how effective of a hitter he'll be at the Major League level, there's no denying that he has tremendous raw power, and could very well hit 20 homers if given sufficient playing time. -Ashitaka