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:
15 - Marwin Gonzalez
Acquired in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft, Marwin Gonzalez proved to be a valuable fill-in for the infield. In 431 innings of defensive work he provided average to above average defensive value at shortstop, second and third base. A utility infielder that can fill in all over the field and provide positive defense is something this team has lacked since Eric Bruntlett played for the team.
50 - Kevin Comer
Looking at Kevin Comer's minor league numbers is not a good indication of how talented this right-handed pitcher is. Pre-draft he shot up draft boards with a low to mid-90's fastball and a power curveball. His curve is actually spike curve that he actually throws two different ways, one for a big looping curve that is slower but primarily throws the tight spinning and harder curve. He also flashes a changeup that is lagging behind but shows promise. In 2011 the Toronto Blue Jays drafted Comer 57th overall and gave him $1.6 million to sign, 2013 may be the season we find out why.