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3 Astros Discussion Items

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1.) Robinson Chirinos was recently announced to have signed a fairly low risk deal, and I know there was some discussion on a boil about Chirinos vs Castro, so I figured we could discuss in more detail.

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Offensively (2020)

Chirinos - .162/.232/.243 for a 31 OPS+

Castro - .188/.293/.375 for a 83 OPS+

Offensively (Past 3)

Chirinos - .224/.333/.414 for an 96 OPS+

Castro - .208/.311/.389 for an 88 OPS+

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2020 is a hard year to judge anything by, so I included their stats for the past 3 years. Interestingly, I think Astros fans’ memories will be skewed by the players experiences with the Astros. With that said, where Chirinos primarily drives his value through his offense, defensively, only 3 of his seasons have not been a negative value. Castro on the other hand, is primarily a defensive catcher with 7 straight years of positive WAR defensively and above average framing.


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2.) When Jim Crane originally bought the team, and the Astros started the rebuild, there was a ton of posters who hated him - largely claiming him to be cheap. At this point, I’m shocked when I see that commentary come back (though it’s usually around the loss of a star like Cole, Morton, or Springer). With that said, he’s held one of the top payrolls in baseball, and I don’t think any complaints in regards to salary and spending are fair. With that said, there’s a whole different discussion of criticism in regards to his handling of the sign stealing scandal. What are your thoughts on Crane?

3.) Who will have the higher WAR in 2021? Yordan vs Tucker.

Yordan burst on to the scene his rookie year, blowing away competitors and earning a unanimous rookie of the year nod. Unfortunately, his 2020 was a lost year due to injuries, but he looks to be ready to return to action. After scorching his way through the minors, and hitting .313/.412/.655 in his rookie years expectations are still sky high on the young rookie.

Tucker on the other hand, sputtered on his initial call-up (although poor luck largely overstated his struggles). Although there was limited AB in both 2019 and 2020, he produced extremely similar results between the two years. (.269/.319/.537 for 122 wRC+ vs .268/.325/.512 for 126 wRC+).

Yordan is a monster offensively, but will be recovering from knee surgery and a gap in his playtime. Tucker has an extremely high upside, but is also very well rounded with strong defensive capabilities and his speed providing an asset on the bases. Who has your vote for producing the most WAR in 2021?