Another year, another round of weekly awards. As always, these aren't based on any statistical measures. Instead, they're randomly assigned by me and are as arbitrary as they come.
Feel free to tell us who
What a find by Houston's scouting team. Harris was a waiver claim and made the team out of spring training thanks to Josh Fields'
Harris is in Asher Wojciechowski's unenviable situation, though. No matter how well he performs, Harris is likely getting sent to Triple-A once Josh Fields
Houston appears to have made a good choice in naming Gregerson the closer out of spring training. The right-hander hasn't allowed a run in three innings this season. He's also struck out three while walking no one.
Basically, he's done exactly what you want a closer to do, while flashing a pretty nasty slider.
Even if Houston's bullpen has gotten hit around in this very early season, Gregerson hasn't. Let's get through a series with Oakland, though, before we anoint him a great buy. The A's have a tendency to blow up Astros closers.
Though I could have put Scott Feldman here before last night's meltdown, let's go with the Doctor. McHugh may have been pushed back to the fourth game of the season, but there's no reason to think he's viewed as the Astros' fourth-best starter. Instead, it appears that was a way to get Asher Wojciechowski and Brad Peacock on similar throwing schedules.
McHugh didn't have a great spring, but came out firing bullets against the Rangers. He was so good in his six innings before leaving with a skin problem, I was pretty shocked he only struck out four batters in his six innings. Seemed like more than that.
The "skin problem" wasn't quite a blister, but it may have developed into one. Which means the Astros (probably) have
Can it be anyone else? The bearded, crazy, strike-throwing machine picked up where he left off last year. He shook off regression and fired another back-foot
What's great is how much Keuchel reminds me of a mid-career Roy Oswalt. He not only works quickly, just like Roy, but he seems mad at himself if he gives up any hits, ever. That was a Roy trademark for much of his career, but seemed to grow once he learned a bit from Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte.
If Keuchel develops that edge