Monday, February 20, 2012

WTH 25-Man Roster - Designated Hitter

As posted over the weekend, RHP Nick Tropeano became the 21st player and final starting pitcher to be named to the WTH Roster.  Runners-up were Adrian Houser, Tanner Bushue, Tommy Shirley, Luis Ordosgoitti and Kyle Hallock.  For more on the WTH 25-Man Roster, go here.

Next, let's pick our Designated Hitter (yeah, I hate it too).  This list is comprised of those who received votes in earlier rounds of voting for first base and for third base (since those are traditionally power positions) and two players (Rafael Valenzuela and Erik Castro) who were used extensively in the DH position in 2011.  The two obvious choices would be Chase Davidson and Kody Hinze.  Chase Davidson had 11 home runs and 44 RBI's in 44 games before being derailed by an injury, whereas Kody Hinze was just shy of 100 RBI's and led all Astros minor-leaguers in home runs and was second in doubles in 2011.  The edge for me goes to Kody Hinze since he had a far better walk rate than Chase Davidson.  But let's not forget about Telvin Nash.  It will be interesting to see what this top 10 prospect can achieve in a full season in 2012 after recovering from his 2011 hand surgery (hamate bone).

With all that said, here are the 2011 stats for the players.  Look them over and vote.


  1. I'm tempted to boycott this vote on principal....the Astros aren't an AL team until 2013....but I'll be nice an play along! ;D

  2. I know, but they do already use DH's at all levels below AA, and for the higher levels as well when they play AL teams so I kinda had to do it.