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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Jason Castro vs. Will Harris

In this match, the Astros' veteran backstop trades blows with a new reliever.

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 Seventeen

Jason Castro, C

While others were breaking out, it's safe to say that Castro's 2014 was a meltdown, at least compared to the previous season. The backstop saw a 35% drop in wRC+ from his All-Star campaign in 2013, due in part to notable steps back in walk rate and strike out rate. His BAbip normalize, and his power dropped off as well. His pitch framing and double-digit home run power will keep him in the lineup in 2015, but unless he shows some level of rebound, it wouldn't be a shock to see him traded before he hits free agency following the 2016 season. -- Brian Stevenson


Will Harris, RHP

Given career numbers like a 3.29 xFIP, 9.69 K/9 and 2.72 BB/9, it's easy to see why the Astros snapped Harris up when he became available to them on the waiver wire. He's on the older side at 30, but because he didn't hit the Majors until recent years, he has nearly all of his club control remaining. What he's shown in the Majors in small samples is encouraging, and he could well be 2015's version of Tony Sipp. -- Brian Stevenson