How All Of The Astros Pitchers Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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The other day we talked about the hitters for the Astros and how they were acquired.
Today we delve into the Pitching Staff. The Bullpen is compromised with some familiar names, that were Free Agent Signings.
A lot of the Starters were brought in by trade, or signed as Free Agents.
Michael Bourn came over for the 2007 trade for the former Closer Lidge, and then flipped to Atlanta for Oberholtzer.
One of the unfortunate deals the team did was for Miguel Tejada, but it certainly didn’t backfire as bad as it could have.
Alex White (25) RP: December 4, 2012: Traded by the Colorado Rockies with Alex Gillingham (minors) to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later and Wilton Lopez. The Houston Astros sent Jose Monzon (minors) (May 1, 2013) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade.
Currently on the DL recovering from 2013 Tommy John Surgery.
Lopez had a 4.06 ERA in 75 Games for the Rox in 2013, not that bad for having Coors Field s your home park.
Alex Gillingham (23) SP: Threw with the A+ Lancaster Jets in 2013,.
Jose Monzon (22) OF: Signed as an International Free Agent in 2007 with Houston.
He is only in rookie ball, and is along way from the big team.
Kevin Chapman (26) RP: March 20, 2012: Traded by the Kansas City Royals with a player to be named later to the Houston Astros for Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero. The Kansas City Royals sent D’Andre Toney (minors) (June 10, 2012) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.
Chapman had a nice 1.77 ERA in 25 appearances in 2013. Based on that, the team wins this trade hands down.
D’Andre Toney (22) OF: Has played all 3 OF positions in the Minors from Tricity of the NY Penn League.
Bourgeois fared poorly for the Royals after stealing 31 Bases for the Astros in 2011.
Quintero batted .232 with 1 HR for the Royals. Not great. He had 980 AB for the Astros, with 13 HRs and 82 RBI in 7 years as the backup Catcher.
Redding was barely in San Diego for long, and bounced around for years, but had an ERA over 5 for his career post – Houston in 417 IP.
Anthony Bass (26) RP: December 11, 2013: Traded by the San Diego Padres with cash to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later. The Houston Astros sent Patrick Schuster (minors) (December 12, 2013) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.
Patrick Schuster (23) RP: The Astros plucked him from Arizona in the Rule 5 draft (no.1 Selection) then traded him to the Padres.
Jarred Cosart (23) SP: July 29, 2011: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with a player to be named later, Jonathan Singleton (minors) and Josh Zeid to the Houston Astros for Hunter Pence and cash. The Philadelphia Phillies sent Domingo Santana (minors) (August 15, 2011) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.
Cosart gives the team great hope with a 2.28 ERA in his 1st 12 game starts. Singleton may be the clubs long term 1B once he makes it up to the big team, and Josh Zeid is in the Bullpen this year, after throwing 27.2 Innings in 2013, to a tune of a 3.90 ERA.
Jerome Williams (32) SP
- February 6, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros. 1 YR/$2.1 MIL deal.
Oberholtzer has a 3.05 ERA in 82.2 IP worth of work so far for Houston. He will be the key to winning the deal.
The Braves only had 1 year and 2 months for Bourn in their jersey. He was quite dynamic for Atlanta – scoring 126 times in 208 games. He added 64 SB in that time frame too.
Bourn parlayed his successes in Houston and Atlanta to a 4 YRs/$48 MIL deal with Cleveland, but has dealt with decline and injury with the Tribe.
Lidge was unhittable in his 1st year with the Phillies, that culminated in a World Series win. He never blew a save all year.
In 2009, despite he having a poor year (7.21 ERA 58 Innings) Philadelphia made it back to the World Series. Lidge was never the same after 2008.
Eric Bruntlett hit only .202 in his 2 years with Philly, but did blast a HR in Game #2 of the 2009 World Series.
Bourn led the NL in 3 years for Stolen Bases for Houston, from 2009 – 2011, was a 2 time ALL – Star and 2 time Gold Glove Winner.
The injured Indians OF, also was good for about 90 runs a year as well.
Mike Costanzo never played a big league game for Houston.
Geary appeared in 71 Games for the Astros, with a 3.86 ERA.
Luke Scott had an .881 OPS with 28 HRs and 105 RBI in 663 AB, which is about a seasons worth of work.
Robertson, who was 15 – 10, with a 5.21 ERA in 2003, only appeared in 14 Innings for the Indians, so the ‘Stros made it well on that deal.
Miguel Tejada (39) SS/3B: November 6, 2009: Granted Free Agency.
Geoff Geary (37) RP: October 5, 2009: Granted Free Agency.
Paul Clemens (26) RP/SP: He was with the big club as a reliever and Starter in 2013, but will start with AA Corpus Christi this year.
Shafer was not good in an Astros uniform, and the team needed to place him on waivers.
Luke Scott looked like he was going to be a baller for the Baltimore Orioles before he ended up traded to the Rays and now has joined the Korean Baseball League.
Tejada only played a few years for the Astros, but they were both ALL – Star campaigns. His 3 Slash line for Houston was .298/.327/.435 – with over 120 Extra Base hits in 2008 and 2009 combined.
Luke Scott OF/DH: had 3 20+ HR seasons for Baltimore, and a .826 OPS for the O’s in his time.
Dennis Safarte, RP: He held a 4.82 ERA over 77 career appearances for Baltimore.
Troy Patton, (28) RP: He is still playing, although he has had some serious off season problems.
Patton has a 3.04 ERA in 134 Appearances for Baltimore.
Mike Costanzo was released by the Orioles – and never appeared in a big league contest for Baltimore.
Matt Albers (31) RP: He never pitched well for the Orioles, it was only other places that he played well. Like Qualls, he returns to the team he was drafted.
All of the transactions data came from the best website on the planet of http://www.baseballreference.com
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