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:
20 - Carlos Corporan
Carlos Corporan was the Astros third catcher last season behind Jason Castro and Chris Snyder, but with Snyder's departure, it's possible that Corporan could see more action this year. The native of Puerto Rico compiled a .269/.310/.449 slash line in just 85 plate apperances for the Astros last year. A switch hitter, his splits in a highly limited sample size show he's better when swinging from the left side against right-handers, which indicates he may be a less-than-ideal platoon partner for lefty-swinging Castro, who has his own issues against southpaws. Corporan is the kind of player fans can root for, as he was dealing with tragic personal issues last year after the death of his 16-month-old son after four heart operations. -Glenn AKA wgr56
45 - Carlos Perez
Acquired as one of seven players in the Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter to Toronto Blue Jays trade, Carlos Perez quickly showed why the Astros had included him in the deal. Between the Blue Jays A level and Astros high A level, Perez hit .285/.350/.438 in 416 plate appearances. His defense is also considered to be solid and reports are that he calls a good game. Currently, Perez is considered one of the top catching prospect in the Astros minor league system.