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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Joe Sclafani vs. George Springer

If anyone can derail the Sclafani Train it's got to be King George, right? Or will Big League Joe just keep barreling through the bracket?

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 Four, Match Two

Joe Sclafani, 1B/2B/3B/SS/LF/RF/DH

This is an aggressive ranking for a utility infielder, to be sure, but for those who give significant weight to a player’s floor and major league readiness, Sclafani delivers. Drafted in the 14th round in 2012 as a shortstop out of Dartmouth, Sclafani provides versatility in addition to a well-rounded skill-set that makes him a very strong utility infielder candidate in the majors - perhaps as early as 2015. -- Anthony Boyer


George Springer, OF

After scuffling badly in April after being initially called up, Springer exploded by posting a 1.032 OPS in May and following it up with an .824 OPS in June. Though his season ended prematurely due to injury in July, the statement had been made. Even if he never improves past what he showed in his rookie campaign, he figures to be a 30-30 player with plus defense anywhere in the outfield he plays. Strike outs may well hold him back from being elite, but it seems a near foregone conclusion that he'll be a solid regular player at very worst. -- Brian Stevenson