ROUND ROCK, Texas — At first, Myles Straw thought Triple-A manager Mickey Storey was joking.
Straw figured he would take ground balls at shortstop before games in Triple A this season, but that had occurred off and on dating to his 2017 season in High A. Never did he expect the Astros would have him play more shortstop than center field, which is the message Storey relayed late in spring training, maybe less than a week before major league camp broke.
Straw’s initial surprise even led Storey to circle back a day later to assure him he was serious. Every morning for the rest of that final week in West Palm Beach, Fla., Straw met Astros bench coach Joe Espada and first base coach Don Kelly on a back field for 30 minutes of individual instruction at his new position.
“It was a little shocking,” Straw said. “I definitely get where they’re coming from, especially with the depth we have in the outfield. It makes me more valuable as…