Infielder Dixon Machado (31), who played for the Lotte Giants in the KBO League, failed to enter the Houston Astros’ opening 26-man roster.
Houston confirmed the 26-man opening roster on the 29th (Korean time). As Jose Altuve, who was diagnosed with at least two months of rehabilitation due to a finger fracture in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), was placed on the injured list, Machado’s possibility of getting on was raised, but it did not happen, and he moved to the minor league camp.
Houston catchers Martin Maldonado, Yainer Diaz, Cesar Salazar, first baseman Jose Abreu, second baseman Mauricio Dubon, shortstop Jeremy Pena, third baseman Alex Bregman, outfielder Kyle Tucker, Chas McCormick, Jake Myers, Corey Jerks, DH The opening roster consisted of 13 fielders, including Jordan Alvarez and utility David Hensley.
In and outfield multi agent Dubon fills the second base spot Altuve is missing. Hensley, who also crosses the infield, is expected to share the second base spot until Altuve returns, supporting him.
Machado, who signed a minor league contract with Houston in November last year, recorded a batting average of .267 (8 hits in 30 at-bats), 4 RBI, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts, .371 slugging percentage, .400 OPS, and .771 in 17 games in this demonstration game. Shortstop and second baseman were considered substitute resources to fill the injury void of Machadora Altuve, the main position, but were not included in the opening roster.
All of the substitute second base resources were included on the 40-man roster, so it was difficult for Machado, who had a minor contract, to squeeze in. Houston has a full 40-man roster. In addition, Houston’s unusual selection of three catchers was also bad news for Machado. Houston included catcher Salazar and outfielder Jerks two on the opening roster as players not on the 40-man roster. Even if Altuve moves to the injured list, one more spot must be vacated.
Machado, a right-handed infielder from Venezuela, made his debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2015 and reached the San Francisco Giants last year with a batting average of 2.26 (107 hits in 473 at-bats), 2 homers, 37 RBIs, and an OPS of .577 in 177 major league 5 seasons. Although his hitting is weak, he was recognized for his stable defense.
In 2020-2021, he played for two years as a member of Lotte in Korea. In 2020, he renewed his contract with a batting average of 2.8% (136 hits in 486 bats), 12 homers, 67 RBIs, OPS of .778, but in 2021, a batting average of 2.79 li (130 hits in 466 bats), 5 homers, 58 RBIs, OPS . With 720, the batting productivity fell, and the renewal of the contract failed. 메이저사이트
He returned to the United States last year and signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs, and moved to San Francisco through a trade at the end of July and received a big league call-up. Machado, who went 3-for-15 with a batting average of 20% in 5 games, posted a batting average of .209/1 (134 hits in 461), 6 homers, 46 RBIs, and an OPS of .762 in 121 games in Triple-A. This year, as he starts the season at Triple-A, he is expected to aim for a big league call-up.