What will Astros' starting rotation look like?
With 29 pitchers reporting to Astros spring training camp this week, the club has a lot of work to do regarding evaluation and deciding who will be on the starting rotation and in the bullpen.
That's where pitching coach Doug Brocail comes in.
“The first thing you do is tell them, 'Listen, this is going to be an incredible opportunity for everybody,'” Brocail said. “We have a lot of guys that are young. We have a lot of guys that are new. Therefore, you want everybody to have an opportunity to try to win a spot on the big league club. The guys we've brought in, we have some pretty good arms, and it's nice knowing everybody came in shape."
With the hiring of new manager Bo Porter in the offseason, Brocail is excited he was retained and still holds the same position on the new staff.
"I love what I do and hopefully it's something that can carry on through the years,” Brocail said. “But you know, my career is over. It's about the kids. I express that to them, and that's the most important thing to me is making sure that I do not lead anybody by abusing them or putting them in a predicament where they hurt themselves.”