How critical key to Astros season might also be its most unlikely

The Houston Astros have some injuries to overcome over the first few weeks of the season, but these health concerns can also provide opportunities for several of the Astros developing players.

Jeremy Pena was a pleasant surprise in his rookie season for the Astros. He became a player the team counted on as the season progressed, and we all know how impressive he was in the postseason.

This year, Yainer Diaz, David Hensley and Corey Julks have a chance to do something special in their first full year in the big leagues. It would be expecting a lot for Yainer Diaz to have a breakout season similar to Pena's, but the team is going to have to lean on him as they wait on Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve to get healthy. Whether it be catching, playing left field, first base, or DH, the Astros are going to need Diaz's bat.

Be sure to check out the video above as we examine what the Astros are hoping to get from their young players, and what the expectations should be for the Astros top hitting prospect, Yainer Diaz.

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The Astros have been staying afloat in spite of injuries to several of their starting pitchers, in large part due to contributions from Brandon Bielak and JP France.

Does this mean they don't need to make a trade for an arm?

Make sure to watch the video above as Paul weighs in on the team's options at the trade deadline.

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