Astros to first groom best arms for rotation

Astros to first groom best arms for rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros have plenty of live arms in camp, and it's the belief of general manager Jeff Luhnow to develop the club's best arms as starters until it's deemed they're best suited for the bullpen. An example is Paul Clemens, the lanky right-hander who came over from the Braves in last year's Michael Bourn trade and is ranked No. 6 by MLB.com on the Astros' Top 20 Prospects list.

"He's got a big arm," said Luhnow, who got to see Clemens pitch for the first time Tuesday. "We're going to develop him as a starter. My philosophy for the better arms is until they prove to us they don't have three pitches and don't have command to start, we're going to start them, and it looks like [Clemens] has got everything he needs."

Luhnow said Aneury Rodriguez, a Rule 5 pick last year from the Rays, will also continue to be developed as a starter. He was a starter throughout his Minor League career, but last year made only eight starts in 43 appearances in his rookie season.

"I think he'll be a good starting pitcher in the big leagues at some point," he said.