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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Colin Moran vs. Lance McCullers jr.

Another match-up of top-shelf prospects. Lefty vs. righty, position player vs. pitcher, high floor vs. high ceiling...heads or tails?

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. Here's a link to the first round's wrap up post (wherein you'll find the updated bracket) if you need it. Get those votes in while you can!

Round Two, Match Fifteen

Colin Moran, 3B

Little more than a year after reportedly almost taking him 1-1, Luhnow got his man anyway, as the Marlins parted with Moran as the main piece in their side of the Jarred Cosart trade. Moran is a hitter, though how much is in question; his power likely won’t carry him as a third baseman unless he really hits well. He doesn’t draw a ton of walks, either. But the polished bat is where the value lies, and the Astros hope they can maximize that tool while helping him bring out a little more in other areas. His glove and arm should be good enough to keep him at the hot corner, though he won’t wow anyone there. If you believe there could be more power lurking in his stick, as a small-but-vocal minority do, then you can certainly see a .280 hitter with 25 homers, which would make him one of the better third basemen in the league. -- Brian Stevenson


Lance McCullers jr., RHP

Mechanics were an issue when he was drafted and they continue to be a part of the issue. You can’t deny his two pitch arsenal as it’s one of the best in the minors. He has an electric fastball and a great curve. However, due to inconsistencies in his delivery and the fact that throwing strikes is a very difficult task, he may not improve his walk rate enough to reach his ceiling. He’ll also have to improve his changeup which has received mixed reviews. -- Subber10