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TCB Astros March Madness 2014: Asher Wojciechowski vs Rudy Owens

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Astros right-handed pitching prospect Asher Wojciechowski vs left-handed pitching prospect Rudy Owens.

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

1 - Asher Wojciechowski

26 near perfect innings in AA cemented the rebirth of Wojo last year, though the 134 innings that followed in AAA were less inspiring. He performed well, though (including a one-hitter in early July), and his consistently above-average peripherals bode well for his future. Though his GB% dropped in AAA, it has historically been strong, and continued refinement of his command, esepcially of his secondary offerings, could help him join the Astros 25-man roster as easly as Opening Day. The off-season relief additions should allow him to continue to try developing as an effective starter rather than being prematurely shoe-horned into a bullpen role. -Ashitaka


16 - Rudy Owens

The 26 year old lefty Owens was brought in from the Pirates as a part of the Wandy Rodriguez trade, which we are still paying for (not figuratively, but literally). Owens put up impressive number in his minor league career as a Pirate, so the potential is certainly there. However, Astros fans are not as familiar with him due to injuries, as he missed most of last year with a stress fracture in his left foot. Since he is not young in the prospect world, expect him to be close to the majors, and don’t be surprised if he surprises you. -Idrees