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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Tyler Heineman vs. Luis Cruz

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In our fourth match, a minor league battery will try to batter each other.

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 Four

Tyler Heineman, C

Good all around catchers are hard to find. They’re either good offensively but bad defensively or vice versa. After last year, many fans felt that the Astros had found one. However, Heineman regressed significantly at the plate both in batting average and power. He continued to have decent plate discipline as he draws a few walks and doesn’t strikeout out a ton. His defensive reviews are still good but to be more than a future backup, the offense needs to take a step forward. -- Subber10

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Luis Cruz, LHP

After an impressive showing in Lancaster back in 2013, the Astros opted to protect Cruz from the Rule 5 draft, a somewhat-surprising decision as Cruz was never a prospect with much love from outside sources. He rewarded their decision by posting a 3.14 ERA over 100.1 innings with the AA Hooks in 2014. Though he scuffled in his initial AAA stint late in the year, his strike out rate remained high. He could be a back-end starter, but a lefty reliever is a more likely outcome. While not exciting, there is definitely some potential MLB upside to his game. -- Brian Stevenson