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5 year Projections

This is something I have let slip by me the last year and a half due to lack of minor league activity. I am Happy to pick it back up now and hope that some of you enjoy it too.

Infielders

& Catchers

First

Base

Second

Base

Short

Stop

Third

Base

Infield

Bench

Starting

Catcher

Bench

Catcher

2021

Gurriel

Altuve

Correa

Bregman

Diaz

Maldonado

Castro

Off Season

1 year +1 opt

3 years left

Free Agent

3 years left

3rd Arbitration

1year left

1year left

2022

Gurriel

Altuve

Bregman

Diaz

Maldonado

Castro

Off Season

retired

2 years left

2 years left

Free Agent

Retired

Retired

2023

Altuve

Bregman

Off Season

1 year left

1 year left

2024

Altuve

Bregman

Off Season

Retired

Free Agent

2025

Off Season

2026

My choices are below. I restricted myself to players already in the Astros system but there are no reasons for anyone else to do so. I update as I see fit and enjoy fooling around with this but after such a long break it seems a little daunting to get back up to date so I am doing a little at a time. Infielders and catchers first.

Infielders

& Catchers

First

Base

Second

Base

Short

Stop

Third

Base

Infield

Bench

Starting

Catcher

Bench

Catcher

2021

Gurriel

Altuve

Correa

Bregman

Diaz

Maldonado

Castro

Off Season

1 year +1 opt

3 years left

Free Agent

3 years left

3rd Arbitration

1year left

1year left

2022

Gurriel

Altuve

Bregman

Diaz

Kessinger

Maldy / Lee

Castro

Off Season

retired

2 years left

2 years left

Free Agent

Pre-Arb

Retired

Retired

2023

Bregman

Altuve

Pena

Nova / Perez

Kessinger

Lee

Nate / Nerio

Off Season

1 year left

1 year left

Pre-Arb

Pre-Arb

Pre-Arb

Pre-arb

Pre-arb

2024

Bregman

Altuve

Pena

Nova / Perez

Kessinger

Lee

Nate / Nerio

Off Season

Extended 3 yr

Retired

Pre-Arb

Pre-Arb

1st Arbitration

Pre-arb

Pre-arb

2025

Bregman

Lorenzo

Pena

Nova / Perez

Kessinger

Lee

Nate / Nerio

Off Season

2 years left

Pre-Arb

5 yr contract

1st Arbitration

2nd Arbitration

1st Arbitration

1st Arbitration

2026

Bregman

Lorenzo

Pena

Nova / Perez

Kessinger

Lee

Nate / Nerio

Infielders

1st base has been and will continue to be a position of strength through 2027 with Bregman replacing Gurriel.

2nd base is Altuve’s till 2025. Lorenzo looks good but Santana, Whitcomb, & Correa all could make a play for it.

SS Bregman will fill in but Pena is worth waiting for, he the long term answer at this key position.

3rd base is Diaz’s best position and he could be extended but Perez or Nova should make him expendable.

Diaz will be missed off the bench but will be expensive to keep there. Kessinger seems most likely to play there.

Catchers

If Maldonado can not return to form He may be playing his final season. Lee will not be ready to take over but could split duties with Castro to begin the season.

One of Nathan Perry or Nerio Rodriguez should be a capable replacement when Castro retires.

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