Now that we're two weeks into the minor league season, let's check in on the position players from the WTH 25-man roster and see how they've done so far. [Note - The What the Heck 25-man roster was compiled through reader votes throughout the off-season.]
Everyone who thought that, two weeks into the season, Jonathan Meyer (who had a .264/.343/.399 batting line in 2011) would lead this roster of studs in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, raise your hand. I see one hand there in the back and it appears to belong to Meyer's gammy. With our lack of depth at third base, it's nice to see Meyer showing some encouraging signs although it's obviously too early to read much into his numbers.
The results are a mixed bag with strong starts from Wates, Singleton and Scott and slow starts from Villar, Wallace and Hinze. Santana hasn't been off the DL all that long so his numbers are an extremely small sample size. Other than Meyer, Delino DeShields (who only hit .220 last season) has had the most encouraging start at the plate, plus he already has eight stolen bases to boot. Springer doesn't have flashy numbers, but he does lead this roster in RBI's with 11.
Two players not on the WTH Roster who have had really great starts are Telvin Nash (who really should have been our DH instead of Chase Davidson - no offense intended, Chase) and Brandon Barnes. These two lead all of the minor league players in OPS (minimum of 50 plate appearances) with Telvin Nash having a 1.062 OPS and Brandon Barnes having a 1.046 OPS.
Other Astros minor leaguers with notably good starts at the plate are Zach Johnson, Fernando Martinez, Jose Martinez, Erik Castro and Jake Goebbert.