Houston Astros All-Time Roster

This is the Houston Astros all-time roster. I decided to select two players for each infield position, six outfielders (regardless of specific position), and one designated hitter for each AL team. Hitters had to have a minimum of 1,500 plate appearance. For pitching, we selected seven starting pitchers, three non-closers, and two closers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 100 games during their time with the franchise to qualify. Relief pitchers were deemed non-closers if they saved less than 30 games. Closers are pitchers that save more than 30 games.


  • Catcher – Alan Ashby

    • Age: 27 – 37
    • Years: 1979 – 1989
    Alan Ashby
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    97 .310 7.9 965 3,318 282 736 136 8 69 388 3 323 435 .252 .324 .374 .698

  • First Base – Jeff Bagwell

    • Age: 23 – 37
    • Years: 1991 – 2005
    Jeff Bagwell
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    149 .405 79.6 2,150 9,431 1,517 2,314 488 32 449 1,529 202 1,401 1,558 .297 .408 .540 .948

  • Second Base – Craig Biggio

    • Age: 22 – 41
    • Years: 1988 – 2007
    Craig Biggio
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    115 .352 65.1 2,850 12,504 1,844 3,060 668 55 291 1,175 414 1,160 1,753 .281 .363 .433 .796

  • Third Base – Morgan Ensberg

    • Age: 24, 26 – 31
    • Years: 2000, 2002 – 2007
    Morgan Ensberg
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    119 .364 14.1 673 2,435 323 551 99 10 105 335 22 319 395 .266 .367 .475 .843

  • Shortstop – Craig Reynolds

    • Age: 26 – 36
    • Years: 1979 – 1989
    Craig Reynolds
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    77 .280 10.0 1,170 3,721 373 860 112 55 32 300 43 173 337 .252 .286 .345 .631

  • Outfield – Lance Berkman

    • Age: 23 – 34
    • Years: 1999 – 2010
    Lance Berkman
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    146 .406 48.0 1,592 6,713 1,008 1,648 375 26 326 1,090 82 1,040 1,121 .296 .410 .549 .959

  • Outfield – Cesar Cedeno

    • Age: 19 – 30
    • Years: 1970 – 1981
    Cesar Cedeno
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    128 .360 49.6 1,512 6,389 890 1,659 343 55 163 778 487 534 735 .289 .351 .454 .805

  • Outfield – Jose Cruz

    • Age: 27 – 39
    • Years: 1975 – 1987
    Jose Cruz
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    124 .349 51.2 1,870 7,448 871 1,937 335 80 138 942 288 730 841 .292 .359 .429 .789

  • Starting Pitcher – Roy Oswalt

    • Age: 23 – 32
    • Years: 2001 – 2010
    Roy Oswalt
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    76 45.6 303 291 143 82 3.24 1,932.1 19 7 0 897 696 446 1,593 7.4 1.196

  • Starting Pitcher – Mike Scott

    • Age: 28 – 36
    • Years: 1983 – 1991
    Mike Scott
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    94 24.8 263 259 110 81 3.30 1,704 42 21 0 694 625 505 1,318 7.0 1.144

  • Starting Pitcher – Larry Dierker

    • Age: 17 – 29
    • Years: 1964 – 1976
    Larry Dierker
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    96 34.3 345 320 137 117 3.28 2,294.1 106 25 1 927 837 695 1,487 5.8 1.214

  • Starting Pitcher – Don Wilson

    • Age: 21 – 29
    • Years: 1966 – 1974
    Don Wilson
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    91 27.7 266 245 104 92 3.15 1,748.1 78 20 2 698 611 640 1,283 6.6 1.212

  • Starting Pitcher – Nolan Ryan

    • Age: 33 – 41
    • Years: 1980 – 1988
    Nolan Ryan
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    91 25.4 282 282 106 94 3.13 1,854.2 38 13 0 739 645 796 1,866 9.1 1.206

  • Relief Pitcher – Chris Devenski

    • Age: 25 – 26
    • Years: 2016 – 2017
    Chris Devenski
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    51 4.6 110 5 12 9 2.38 189 0 0 5 52 50 46 204 9.7 0.926

  • Relief Pitcher – Will Harris

    • Age: 30 – 32
    • Years: 2015 – 2017
    Will Harris
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    57 4.8 180 0 9 9 2.30 180.1 0 0 16 50 46 44 189 9.4 0.970

  • Closer – Billy Wagner

    • Age: 23 – 31
    • Years: 1995 – 2003
    Billy Wagner
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    59 16.1 464 0 26 29 2.53 504.1 0 0 225 149 142 191 694 12.4 1.039

    Bench

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One comment

  • Um… Have you never heard of Doug Rader? He was WAAAAAAAYYYYYY better than Ensberg. Seriously.

    No JR Richard? No Dave Smith? No Joe Morgan? No Shane Reynolds(99-77, 3.85 ERA in the late 90’s)? No Joe Sambito? No Ken Forsch?

    It’s a decent list, but you got 3B dead wrong. Take out that one season by Ensberg when it looks like he may have been taking steroids (the year he hit 36 HRs was so much better than any other season he had…), and it’s a joke to pick him over the Red Rooster. Rader was a GG third baseman, just a great fielder with a tremendous arm. and a decent hitter, especially when you consider he played in the Astrodome, a terrible hitter’s park. And you also could have chosen Caminiti. But he left for more $$$ and we know he did roids, so… Rader should have been your pick.

    a) He won 5 straight GG’s. Only 6 guys won more GGs at 3B than Rader did.
    b) He hit 128 HRs and drove in 600 runs in 7.5 seasons as the Astros regular 3B man. Those are decent #’s in the Astrodome in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He hit 63 HRs in his career in the Dome, 92 on the road. Like all Astrodome hitters, his #’s were diminished for it.
    c) Ensberg was the regular 3B for only 4 seasons, and only had 500 ABs once. Yes, his numbers in Minute Maid during the big hitting steroids era were decent, but really, in context, almost indistinguishable with Rader’s. He only had one season where he drove in more than 70 runs. Doug did it 5 times, four of which he drove in close to 90.
    d) Enos Cabell has a better case than Ensberg as well. He was a key contributor on the Astros first playoff team in 1980, and his #’s were surely diminished by hitting in the Dome in the late 70’s when the fences were moved out. To hit .278 under those conditions was pretty impressive. He hit .268 with only 15 HRs in the Astrodome, .288 with 45 HRs in all other parks in his career. He wasn’t a great hitter, but he was better than his #’s made him look because he played half his games in the Astrodome.

    Leaving J.R. Richard off the list for SP is also bad. He’s simply the best pitcher we’ve ever had. He led the league in ERA in 1979, and was even better in 1980, but had a massive stroke and almost died. I love Nolan, but JR was better. I’d leave off Nolan and Wilson, and add Joe Niekro (144-116 with a 3.16 ERA) and J R. (107-71 3.15 ERA)

    For closer, I’m astonished you use Harris and Devinski over Dave Smith, Ken Forsch and Joe Sambito.

    Dave Smith was our closer for 6 years and had 199 saves in his career in Houston, and made 2 All Star games.
    Forsch pitched for the Astros for 11 years, with 50 saves, and tossed 9 shutouts with a career 3.18 ERA. He started 153 games and relieved in 268. He was a very valuable middle reliever/spot starter for his 10 FULL seasons.

    Sambito was our closer in our first two playoff runs in 1980-81. He was an all star in 1979, and was 5th in Cy Young voting in 1980. He saved 72 games in 6 full seasons. Those were more impressive #’s back then, before RPs averaged less than an inning per game, as they do now. Joe averaged about 1.4 innings per appearance from 1978-1984.

    Again, I think most of your picks are good ones, But those first playoff teams in 1980-81 were dang good teams built on pitching and defense. I think those pitchers from those teams deserve some credit. Shane Reynolds was the staff ace of the late 90’s playoff teams.

    Doug Rader is one of the most underrated 3B of all time.

    Peace

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