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TCB Astros March Madness 2014: Jason Castro vs Alex White

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The Batterymate Battle: Catcher Jason Castro vs right-handed pitcher Alex White.

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

2 - Jason Castro

While not the "face" of the franchise, Castro is certainly the most productive player on the roster, until someone else proves otherwise. After setting the Astros' all-time record for single season homers by a catcher, the oft-injured backstop will look to continue improving on both sides of the ball while staying off the DL. A contract extension may be in the works, and perhaps even a trade. He will once again be one of the biggest names to follow on the team, regardless of which high-end prospects are promoted. -Ashitaka


15 - Alex White

Spotty command and injuries have dampened what was once a sparkling future, but White is far from a bust. His sinker is excellent, so much so that he posted a 54.1% ground ball rate against Major League hitters in 2012, and that was while playing his home games at Coors Field. There is undenyable talent, and its the kind of talent that fits right in with the Astros' plan to get grounders and play defense. If he can work his way back to full strength and trust his sinker enough to throw it over the plate with confidence, he could take off and be first in line for a promotion if and when another arm is needed in the Majors. -Ashitaka