Round 2 of the TCB 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 check out the tournament introductory post.
The rules are simple, determine which player you want to advance to the next round and then vote. Vote subjectively, objectively, using your trusty magic eight ball or any other set of criteria. It's totally up to you how you want to vote! Votes for this round 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
8 - Preston Tucker
I feel bad for stealing this one from Chris, as he's been Tucker's biggest champion on the site (outside Sean and Clack). There's plenty to like in Tucker's bat, as he steadily climbed through the system with good power, a good eye and plenty of contact. If there's one rookie who could jump up and surprise with a contribution in the majors this season, it could be Tucker. He draws favorable comparisons to other college bats Luhnow drafted with the Cardinals. He might be overlooked for now, but a good season with Corpus and Oklahoma City will change that in a hurry. -David