WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Reaching the Major Leagues at 26 years old, taking over as the starting center fielder for the Astros and playing in the World Series made for an unforgettable rookie season for Chas McCormick. It also left him wanting even more.
In a whirlwind 2021, McCormick made the Opening Day roster for the first time, became the starter in center after Myles Straw was traded in July, lost the job following a left hand injury in August and then took over as the primary starter in the playoffs after fellow rookie Jake Meyers was injured in the American League Division Series.
With Meyers out to start the spring following surgery to repair a torn labrum, McCormick knows he has a terrific opportunity this season. He’s the likely frontrunner to start on Opening Day, with Jose Siri and Lewis Brinson, a non-roster signee, in the mix.
“I’m trying to focus on the present moment, focus on the now,” McCormick said. “I have an opportunity to start in center field…