The Astros went out this winter and signed 34-year old righty swinging Pedro Feliz to start at 3B in 2010. Feliz played in 158 games for the Phillies last season and he was 154 for 580 (.266 avg, .694 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 12 homers and 82 RBIs. Feliz’ addition should give the Astros a huge boost over the platoon of Geoff Blum and Jeff Keppinger that they used in 2009. Feliz made 15 errors in 155 games while showing good range for the Phillies last season. Feliz is a solid all around player who will help the Astros in 2010.
36-year old switch hitting Geoff Blum will go back to coming off the bench for the Astros in 2010. He played in 120 games for the Astros last season and he was 94 for 381 (.247 avg, .681 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 10 homers and 49 RBIs. Blum only made 3 errors in 102 games at 3B last season but he showed pretty poor range there.
29-year old righty swinging Jeff Keppinger could also get some P.T. at 3B in 2010. He played in 67 games at the hot corner for the Astros last season and he made 7 errors while showing average range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2010: C+