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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Andrew Aplin vs. Jake Buchanan

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The 20th match-up rolls around, and it's a funky-fresh outfielder and a finesse righty.

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 Twenty

Andrew Aplin, OF

Massive walk rates, enough defense to stay in center, inconsistent power ("pop" would be more accurate), 15-20 stolen bags...who needs Dexter Fowler when you have his clone down in AAA? It’s not a perfect comparison, but it’s fair; Aplin’s solid speed, defensive range and ability to find his way on base will keep him in the Majors for a good while. He’ll have to hit a little more consistently if he wants to start, but his floor is definitely a Major Leaguer. Expect him to be one of the guys knocking on the door in 2015 if injuries or ineffectiveness is plaguing the MLB outfield corps. -- Brian Stevenson


Jake Buchanan, RHP

With strong control and a solid sinker that generated grounders nearly 60% of the time in his MLB debut season, Buchanan provided some value out of the pen at times when injuries took their toll, and left a good impression that he might be able to do the same going forward. While his ceiling isn't as high as Dallas Keuchel's, the overall profile is similar, and Buchanan could end up as a solid #5 starter, or a valuable multi-inning reliever. -- Brian Stevenson