Before today's game against the Milwaukee Brewers it was announced that Astros manager A.J. Hinch would come to a decision on the final roster spot, which was between James Hoyt (acquired in the Evan Gattis deal) and powerful right-hander Michael Feliz. Hoyt worked a perfect 8th, striking out two in Friday's game, but it wasn't enough to sway Hinch, as Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported. tweeted
Over 14 spring innings Feliz has posted a 1.29 ERA, allowing two earned while striking out 12. The 22-year-old made his big league debut last season, pitching in five games out of the bullpen spanning 8 innings, and accumulated an ERA of 7.88. This stint in Houston could be a short one, as Lance McCullers is expected to be ready to make his 2016 debut at some point in April, and Feliz appears to be the logical choice to be sent back to the minors with either Scott Feldman or Mike Fiers moving to long relief.
Hoyt, 29, has yet to make his debut in the majors but put up strong numbers in Triple-A last season, including a 3.49 ERA over 49 innings. He struck out 66 over those innings, which is a very high mark and should keep him in the bullpen conversation in Houston throughout 2016 if injuries occur. This spring Hoyt is 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 11.1 innings--with 21 strikeouts.