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TCB March Madness 2013: John Ely Vs Robbie Grossman

Right-handed pitcher John Ely vs Outfield prospect Robbie Grossman

TCB's Astros Fan Favorite March Madness Tournament is underway. From now until the end of Spring Training, 64 players will face off in a head-to-head public vote to determine who advances to the next round, and who will eventually be crowned the community's favorite Astros player. For more details, click here for the introductory post.

The rules are simple: Determine which player you think should advance to the next round by voting for that player. Arguments made for an advancing player in the comments section below may be used in that player's 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:

10 - John Ely

Picked by Mike Fast to be a pitcher to watch this season, John Ely was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for prospect Rob Rasmussen. While his results have been subpar in both the majors and minors, he does have a good strikeout-per-nine innings and walks-per-nine innings rates that suggest he could be a good pitcher going forward.


43 - Robbie Grossman

Don't count out the scrappy Grossman. He has a lot of skills over the tools that some less accomplished players like F-Mart may flash. His biggest plus is his on-base skill, but he can play on the corners in the outfield with a little power. After being acquired in the Wandy Rodriguez deal with Pittsburgh last summer, Grossman hit .267/.371/.422 in 160 plate appearances with Corpus. His walk rate has always been fantastic but he lacks power. He'd be an unconventional choice to man left field and bat leadoff for these Astros. -David