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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Brady Rodgers vs. L.J. Hoes

In the tournament's third match, we see a hometown kid square off with a trade acquisition from Baltimore.

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be two match-ups per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Get those votes in while you can!

Round One, Match Three

Brady Rodgers, RHP

Rodgers is one of those polished, sum-of-his-parts players who might just exceed expectations, thanks to his ground ball-generating ability and his propensity to not walk anyone. Ever. In fact, Rodgers has walked 54 total batters in his professional career, spanning parts of three seasons and 310.1 innings. While his arsenal may be mediocre (heater tops out at 92 and sits lower), it is varied and his command of it is a huge strength. He may not ever be special, but his floor means he likely will be something, and there's real value to that. -- Brian Stevenson


L.J. Hoes, OF

Obvious name joke is obvious. LJ is a guy that lately has been lost a little in the absolute bevy of outfielders that the Astros have amassed. Hoes really doesn't excel at any lone spot, but he makes decent contact and is not a horrific defender. Sadly, since Hoes doesn't bring any elite tools to the table, he is more than likely an odd man out this year on the big club. Here's hoping that Hoes figures it out, if not purely for the limitless name puns and jokes that make us writers happy and sad at the same time. -- IrishPete