Age-Balanced Astros Take on 2018

George Springer
The Spirit of The Houston Astros

 

The 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros may be in the process of witnessing a club coming together that they would not have wanted to face from Day One last season – and that’s themselves in the still beefing-up version of the 2018 club. The additions of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, plus the transformative presence of Game 7 hero Charlie Morton in the starting rotation – all lend evidence to the belief that Houston now sports one of best starting five in baseball.

The age spread among the current 38 members of the 40-man roster also suggests a nice balance between seasoned veteran excellence, current superstar stature, and youthful promise of cons-in-the-making. In the long roster chart that follows first, here are the 38 men in balance by age. 14 are slated for birthdays in the 30-35 age range in 2018; another strong core 14 are slated for the 26-29 age bracket; and a mixed bag of good to excellent ability describes most of the comprises the 10 members who make up the 30-35 older statesman group.

The 2018 Astros barn bears no long time space for lame horse runners, bats, or arms. And the question for outside players looking in to the organization is no longer “do I want to play for the Astros” and has been replaced overnight by the one that now wants to know “how do I get there to play for the Astros?”

It’s all about winning the World Series – and in the way the Astros did it. Even other MLB players became Astros fans as a result. Maybe giving rise to a new truism in baseball:

“Losing woes. Winning woos.” ~ The Pecan Park Eagle.

As to the specific list of oldest to youngest players on the current 40-man roster, here’s what we have, as rank-ordered by the ages they each will achieve at any point in 2018:

# NAME POS AGE IN 2018 DATE OF BIRTH
1 Justin Verlander P 35 02/20/1983
2 Tony Sipp P 35 07/12/1983
3 Charlie Morton P 35 11/12/1983
4 Brian McCann C 34 02/20/1984
5 Joe Smith P 34 03/22/1984
6 Yuli Gurriel 1B 34 06/09/1984
7 Will Harris P 34 08/28/1984
8 Evan Gattis DH/C 32 08/18/1986
9 James Hoyt P 32 09/30/1986
10 Josh Reddick OF 31 02/09/1987
11 Collin McHugh P 31 06/19/1987
12 Dallas Keuchel P 30 01/01/1988
13 Brad Peacock P 30 02/02/1988
14 Hector Rondon P 30 02/26/1988
15 Marwin Gonzalez Utility 29 03/14/1889
16 George Springer OF 29 09/19/1989
17 Jose Altuve 2B 28 06/06/1990
18 Anthony Gose P 28 08/10/1990
19 Gerrit Cole P 28 09/08/1990
20 BradyRodgers P 28 09/17/1990
21 Ken Giles P 28 09/20/1990
22 Tyler White 1B 28 10/29/1990
23 Chris Devenski P 28 11/13/1990
24 Mike Stassi C 27 03/15/1991
25 Jake Marisnick OF 27 03/30/1991
26 Tony Kemp 2B 27 10/31/1991
27 Reymin Guduan P 26 03/16/1992
28 Jandel Gustave P 26 10/12/1992
29 J.D. Davis 3B 25 04/27/1993
30 A.J. Reed 1B 25 05/10/1993
31 Derek Fisher OF 25 08/21/1993
32 Lance McCullers, Jr. P 25 10/02/1993
33 Dean Deetz P 25 11/29/1993
34 David Paulino P 24 02/06/1994
35 Alex Bregman 3B 24 03/30/1994
36 Carlos Correa SS 24 09/22/1994
37 Francis Martes P 23 11/24/1995
38 Cionel Perez P 22 04/21/1996

 

Here’s a select chart on the five men who currently project as Astros starters in 2018:

# NAME POS AGE IN 2018 DATE OF BIRTH
1 Justin Verlander P 35 02/20/1983
3 Charlie Morton P 35 11/12/1983
12 Dallas Keuchel P 30 01/01/1988
19 Gerrit Cole P 28 09/08/1990
32 Lance McCullers, Jr. P 25 10/02/1993
  Average Age in 2018 =   30.6 YEARS  

And here is a chart reflecting the same age information the eight probable position starters and main DH in 2018:

# NAME POS AGE IN 2018 DATE OF BIRTH
4 Brian McCann C 34 02/20/1984
6 Yuli Gurriel 1B 34 06/09/1984
17 Jose Altuve 2B 28 06/06/1990
35 Alex Bregman 3B 24 03/30/1994
36 Carlos Correa SS 24 09/22/1994
15 Marwin Gonzalez LF 29 03/14/1889
16 George Springer CF 29 09/19/1989
10 Josh Reddick RF 31 02/09/1987
8 Evan Gattis DH 32 08/18/1986
  Average Age in 2018 =   29.4 YEARS  

Given the age spreads we see, it helps to remember why long-time multiple seasons winning via the Luhnow method really benefits and depends upon deals like the Gerrit Cole trade with Pittsburgh the other day. The Astros had to give up value for value in the trade, of course, but they avoided trading either their top pitching or position prospects in the process.

Good work, Jeff Luhnow. – Keep it up.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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