The Houston Astros originated in 1962 and have been home to some of the greatest players in the history of the game. So here’s a look at the best players at every position for the Houston Astros, current players are ineligible for this list.
The Astros have had some extreme talent pitching-wise, which is why the all-time team will feature five players in order to build a starting rotation. These five players are as follows:
Between these five players, there’s a combined total of eight Cy Young awards, 26 All-Star appearances, and two World Series Championships. Seven of the eight Cy Young awards, 11 All-Star appearances, and both World Series titles belonged to Roger Clemens.
The best Astros first baseman is none other than the great Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell slashed a .297 career batting average with 449 home runs during his career. Bagwell is a three-time Silver Slugger, Rookie of the Year, National League MVP, and a part of the Hall of Fame class of 2017.
Bagwell played his entire 15-year career in Houston and has his number five retired by the Astros.
The best second baseman in Astros history is the other half of the Killer B’s, Craig Biggio. Biggio was one of the best second basemen in the game of baseball. Craig hit a career .281 batting average with 291 home runs. Biggio was also a seven-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, five-time Silver Slugger, and was also a member of the Hall of Fame class of 2015.
Biggio played his entire 20-year career with Houston and also has his number retired by the Astros.
There have been some great shortstops in Astros history, but to narrow it down to one was tough. The best shortstop in Astros history would be Craig Reynolds. Reynolds slashed .252 with 32 home runs during his 11 seasons with the club. Reynolds was also a two-time All-Star during his career.
The best third baseman in Astros history is Ken Caminiti. Caminiti played for the ‘Stros twice during his career, once from 1987-94, then again from 1999-2000. During this time Caminiti hit .264 with 103 homers. Caminiti has also won an MVP, a Silver Slugger, three Gold Glove awards, and three All-Star nods.
Who else would be the best catcher of all time for the Astros than the man who’s caught the most games in Astros history? Brad Ausmus played for the Astros in 1997-98, then again from 2001-08. Ausmus hit .246 with 41 home runs during his time in Houston, even winning three Gold Gloves and becoming an All-Star.
Now, this is where it gets complicated. Houston has had its share of outfield talent, making it difficult to narrow it down to just three, but here they are:
- Jose Cruz. Batted .292 with 138 homeruns in 13 years with Houston.
- Cesar Cedeno. Batted .289 with 163 homeruns in 12 years with Houston.
- Lance Berkman. Batted .296 with 326 homeruns in 12 years with Houston.
The two best relief/closing pitchers in Astros history were none other than Billy Wagner and Brad Lidge.
Wagner played in Houston for nine years and recorded 225 saves, and notched a 2.53 earned run average doing so.
Brad “Lights Out” Lidge played for Houston for six years and had 123 saves and an ERA of 3.30.
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