May 27, 2024

The Houston Astros have made further roster moves as they trim down their squad in preparation for the upcoming season, particularly with regard to their pitching staff. Manager Joe Espada faces challenges in configuring the bullpen, especially with the absence of Justin Verlander, who is on the injured list.

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Following the departure of key bullpen arms in free agency and Kendall Graveman’s expected absence due to injury, there was speculation that the Astros would turn to their top pitching prospects, including former top prospect Forrest Whitley and current No. 3 prospect Spencer Arrighetti, to fill the voids.

Whitley, once ranked as the Astros’ top prospect from 2018 to 2021, has faced setbacks due to suspensions and injuries, preventing him from making his Major League debut. Despite transitioning to a reliever role this offseason with hopes of contributing to the team, Whitley, 26, will not be part of the Opening Day roster. Arrighetti, though showing promise early in camp, has been reassigned to the minor league camp.

The decision regarding Arrighetti isn’t unexpected, given his ongoing struggles with command during his minor league career. Whitley’s exclusion comes as a bit of a surprise, especially considering the uncertainties surrounding the bullpen and his perceived opportunity to secure a spot. However, a finger injury hampered his chances to showcase his abilities during Spring Training.

Both players remain ones to watch throughout the season, as they could be called upon as reinforcements in the event of injuries or underperformance within the team.

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