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Looking for insights on the Houston Astros for the upcoming season? Look no further! The Astros’ general manager Dana Brown recently shared some insider information in an interview with In this interview, he discussed everything from the composition of the outfield in light of Michael Brantley’s uncertain status, to the team’s starting pitching depth, and even some standout young players in Minor League camp.

When it comes to the outfield, Brown shared that if Brantley is unable to play, the Astros will turn to Chas McCormick and Jake Meyers. However, he also mentioned that Justin Dirden has been swinging the bat well and is a potential option. Brown had some constructive feedback for Dirden, saying that he needs to make some adjustments to his approach at the plate, but that he has the necessary tools to succeed.

Regarding starting pitching, Brown discussed how they have some solid options for depth beyond the expected starters of Framber Valdez, Cristian Javier, José Urquidy, Luis Garcia, and Hunter Brown. Specifically, he mentioned that Forrest Whitley, J.P. France, and Brandon Bielak are all viable contenders. He also spoke highly of the young prospect Jaime Melendez, who has caught his eye.

But it’s not just the established players that Brown is keeping an eye on; he’s also watching the standout young players in Minor League camp. Drew Gilbert, Jacob Melton, Misael Tamarez, and Spencer Arrighetti all caught Brown’s attention and he’s excited to see what they can bring to the team.

Lastly, Brown talked about the team’s lefty reliever options, specifically Matt Gage, who he says is looking really good. Gage’s waiver claim was recommended by the front office, and Brown closed the deal. Gage’s filthy cutter and high velocity make him a big asset for the team.

Overall, Brown’s insights give Astros fans a lot to look forward to for the upcoming season. From solid outfield options to promising young talent, Houston’s roster is shaping up to be a force to be reckoned with.