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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Josh Hader vs. Daniel Mengden

A pair of popular prospect pitchers prepare to put up with the pressure and plot to pummel their partners-turned-opponents in this popularity party.

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 Thirteen

Josh Hader

One of the bigger risers from last year’s list, Hader put together an excellent year playing in full-season ball, impressing in the harsh climate in Lancaster and earning himself a late-year promotion to AA. Though his command is shaky at times, he misses bats, and continued to do so in a small sample with Corpus Christi. So long as he can continue to work effectively with his funky mechanics and low-three-quarters delivery, he should keep rising through the ranks. His 93 MPH fastball is already a Major League pitch when his command is good, and his curve and change could be as well. -- Brian Stevenson


Daniel Mengden, RHP

Considered a first- or second-round talent out of Texas A&M prior to the draft, Mengden fell to the Astros in the fourth round and was signed under slot. He boasts a four-pitch arsenal including a plus fastball that usually sits in the low nineties (but has touched 95), an above-average to plus slider, a spike curveball, and an average- to above-average change. He commands all four well and can throw any of them for strikes. A back injury plagued his final year at Texas A&M, but he recovered in time to add 11 dominant pro innings in 2014, striking out seventeen batters and walking just one. -- Anthony Boyer