Shuck still in the mix as spring winds down

Shuck still in the mix as spring winds down

Shuck still in the mix as spring winds down
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- With outfielders T.J. Steele and Drew Locke being sent to Minor League camp on Monday, the lone remaining outfield non-roster invitee in Major League camp is J.B. Shuck.

The Astros are still searching for their fifth outfielder behind starters Carlos Lee, Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence, and backup Jason Michaels, who's had a terrific spring. Brian Bogusevic and Jason Bourgeois are the favorites for the final spot, but manager Brad Mills says Shuck is in the mix.

"Hopefully, they know what my style of game is, and I just wanted to come in here and give the manager and coaches up here a chance to see it so they can see that I'm a hard worker and I just do what I have to do to get it done," Shuck said. "Hopefully, I've been able to show that."

Shuck, 23, is a left-handed hitter who owns a career .303 Minor League average, but he only has 139 career at-bats at Triple-A. Shuck, who's hitting .257 in 35 at-bats this spring, understands his chances of making the team are small, but with a week to go he's beginning to feel anxious.

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"You keep working hard to fight for a spot," Shuck said. "Wherever I go, I'm going to be ready to play. I have a lot of experience just being up here and learning from these guys."