1. Jordan Schafer CF
Schafer has the skills and the speed to play center field in the major leagues. But skills do not equal production. Schafer first must prove he can stay healthy -- he has battled a broken wrist and a broken finger in recent seasons. Second, he will have to prove to management that he has seen the light, matured and is ready to move on since he was arrested in October on a charge of marijuana possession.
2. Jed Lowrie SS
Another player who has to prove he can remain healthy. Lowrie has a .378 career on-base percentage when he bats second in the order.
3. J.D. Martinez LF
In 226 plate appearances last season, Martinez hit six home runs and had 35 RBI. In this young lineup, that qualifies one to bat third.
4. Carlos Lee 1B
The Astros have already said they are leaving Lee at first base. Got a better option for a cleanup hitter?
5. Brett Wallace 3B
Wallace is getting yet another opportunity to win an everyday job by getting switched back to his old position of ...