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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Joe Sclafani vs. Conrad Gregor

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Springer? Altuve? Carter? Flattened, rolled up and tossed aside! It's a pair of prospects battling for a shot at the championship!

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!

Final Four, Match Two

Joe Sclafani, 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

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Conrad Gregor, 1B

Drafted in the fourth round out of Vanderbilt in 2013, Gregor became one of the fastest movers in the system, beginning the 2014 season in Single-A Quad Cities, advancing through Lancaster, and ending the year in Double-A Corpus Christi. That’s a lot of adjustments to make in one season, and his batting line suffered once he hit the Texas League, but once he has time to make adjustments, he should be able to handle the high minors better. His swing is simple and uncomplicated, he has an advanced eye at the plate, and he has shown excellent pitch selection: In Lancaster, he drew more walks (27) than strikeouts (25). He doesn’t have ideal power for a first baseman, but is capable of muscling the occasional ball over the wall. -- Anthony Boyer