Former Houston Astros All-Star shares unique perspective on state of the roster

Michael Bourn loves the Astros' chances this year. Composite image by Jack Brame

Former Houston Astros All-Star Michael Bourn joined ESPN Houston's The Wheelhouse to talk all things Astros, his time playing for the team in his MLB career, and much more!

Plus, Bourn gives his predictions for this season and lays out why he believes the Astros will win the division again, and compete for another World Series in 2022. He also uses his own experience to break down the Astros platoon in center field.

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With spring training just around the corner, Yuli Gurriel's future with the Houston Astros is still up in the air. We're hearing rumblings that manager Dusty Baker would like to get Yuli back on the club, but nothing has come to fruition.

We also heard from the Astros new GM Dana Brown and his thoughts on Yuli returning to the club.

“The realistic thing is we have Abreu at first base right now. So at the end of the day, we have to look at maybe some other spots … to strengthen the club, give Dusty [Baker] more options.”

Brown's quote doesn't give us a lot of optimism. Based on his statement, he may not see Yuli as anything more than a first baseman at this stage in his career, and the Astros could use a utility player.

On the positive side, we received an encouraging update on Michael Brantley's health, as his recovery is on schedule and he plans to participate in batting practice next week.

Be sure to check out the video above as we analyze what the updates mean for the Astros moving forward.

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