Astros Hot Stove Report: Meet the newest Astro, Bligh Madris

Aug 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Bligh Madris (66) advances to third against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Astros Hot Stove Report: Meet the newest Astro, Bligh Madris

The Houston Astros may be done as major players in free agency, but they did make a minor move on Tuesday, acquiring OF/1B Bligh Madris (BLY muh-DRISS) from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations.

Madris, 26, is a former ninth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2017 MLB Draft. He made his first appearance in the majors last season. He was called up to the main roster the same day as Pirates’ top prospect O’Neil Cruz, and went 3-for-4 in his first game with two singles, a double, two RBIs, and a stolen base. He hit .177 with the Pirates across 113 ABs with seven doubles, a home run, seven RBIs, and a pair of stolen bases.

At the Triple-A level over 630 ABs, Madris has posted a slash line of .284/.358/.470, with 47 doubles, 20 home runs, and 104 RBIs.

A left-handed batter who throws right-handed, he has primarily played right field in his professional career, though he has some experience in left field as well. He made a few appearances in both center field and first base in the minors. With the Pirates, he primarily played right field and first base primarily.

Madris will be added to the Astros 40 man roster, which now sits at 39 players. While it is unlikely he makes the team out of Spring Training, he gives the team a position flexible player at the highest level of the minors should they need reinforcements due to injuries.

He hasn’t had much opportunity at the major league level, but has hit well in Triple-A. He also has full slate of minor league options.

The Astros most likely 26 man roster as of now looks something like this:

C: Martin Maldonado, Yainer Diaz/Korey Lee (a battle that is likely to happen in Spring Training)

IF: Jose Abreu, Jose Altuve, Jeremy Pena, Alex Bregman, David Hensley

OF: Kyle Tucker, Chas McCormick, Michael Brantley, Yordan Alvarez, Mauricio Dubon/Jake Meyers (possible battle in ST)

That would essentially leave one open spot, which could be Yuli Gurriel, should he decide to return to the Astros as a utility player. Gurriel can play first, second, and third base and could be a solid bat off the bench who is never intimidated by the moment. He is also a beloved player in the clubhouse.

If not, Meyers and Dubon would likely both be on the roster.

SP: Framber Valdez, Lance McCullers Jr., Cristian Javier, Luis Garcia, José Urquidy, Hunter Brown

RP: Ryan Pressly, Rafael Montero, Bryan Abreu, Hector Neris, Ryne Stanek, Phil Maton, Seth Martinez

Maton and Martinez could have to earn their jobs in Spring Training, as they will likely face competition from Brandon Bielak, Ronel Blanco, Blake Taylor, and Enoli Paredes.

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