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Astros Spring Training Spotlight: Danny Worth

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"Veteran utility guy: will work for platoon shift"

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

In January, the Astros made a minor signing of infielder Danny Worth to fill up some depth. Worth is your typical offseason minor league signing- not a huge track record of anything in the big leagues, but could provide some veteran depth and leadership in Triple-A.

Worth has played parts of five season in the bigs, all with Detroit from 2010-2014. He was most recently in the Diamondbacks system, but never saw the majors last season and instead spent most of the season with Triple-A Reno. Worth could profile as the minor league version of Marwin Gonzalez- there's not a ton of offensive upside, but he's played a solid utility role during his major league time, logging innings at third, second, and short. He doesn't profile with any kind of power at all, even in the minors, but has slashed .254/.330 in his minor league career so he's of some *puts on sunglasses* worth to a minor league team.

There's honestly not a great best case scenario for Worth- if he sees extended time in Houston, it probably would be in place of an injured inflieder (please no). Though he's only logged just about 300 plate appearances, he's shown the ability to get on base and hit a little intervals, mostly in that utility role. His individual seasons aren't really *puts on second pair of sunglasses* worth mentioning because of the small samples. Worth looks projected for Triple-A Fresno for most of the season, and should be able to play most infield positions while providing veteran leadership with (insert intangible here) in a possible rotation with Nolan Fontana, Tony Kemp and other minor league infielders.