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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Evan Gattis vs. Dallas Keuchel

Keuchel figures to have the inside track here, but Gattis has become a fan favorite in record time. Vote now!

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be one match-up per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Here's a link to the updated bracket. Get those votes in while you can!

Round Three, Match Three

Evan Gattis, C/1B/LF/DH?

The Astros have been tied, via rumor, to any number of wild signings and trade targets in the past few years, so when Gattis came up early in the off-season, it was easy to dismiss as more of the same; after all, he doesn't walk much, isn't an elite contact hitter, doesn't provide any real defensive value, and isn't even that young. And then, suddenly, the Astros actually did trade for him. In hindsight, it makes sense; they dealt from minor league depth, and they, in true form, picked up a guy with one elite tool. Gattis' power is very, very real; among batters with at least 750 PA over the last two seasons, Gattis is 12th in ISO. -- Brian Stevenson


Dallas Keuchel, LHP

Keuchel made some people look really smart and a few people pretty silly last season. Non-players that is; he made basically all the other players he faced look silly. Breaking out and turning in an ace-like season, Keuchel led the Majors in ground ball rate at 63.5% and finished with exactly 200 innings of work in the book. Though he might regress a tad, nearly everything about 2014 looked legitimate, and he'll form a really nice 1-2 punch with fellow breakout Collin McHugh if all goes as planned. -- Brian Stevenson