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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Kevin Chapman vs. Colin Moran

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Getting near the end of the first round. This match-up we have a young lefty fighting for a bullpen spot going up against the ostensible third baseman of the future.

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Round One, Match Twenty Nine

Kevin Chapman, LHP

It was a tale of two halves for Chapman in 2014. After a disastrous April (12.27 ERA, 17.18 BB/9), he spent the rest of the first half toiling in AAA. The adjustments he made there worked, however; after being recalled in mid-August, he posted a 2.30 ERA down the stretch, this time walking just two batters in 15.2 innings of work, while striking out 11. Continued command refinements could help him really break out, but as it is, he misses bats and generates grounders. Expect him to compete for a bullpen spot right down to the final day of Spring Training. -- Brian Stevenson

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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