2023 MiLB Transactions

Astros really loading up on lefties so far this offseason (some of this previously noted in other threads)…

LHP Max Roberts – rule 5 minor league phase pickup from the Mariners. Originally 7th rounder in '17 out of juco. 25 year old listed at 6’6" 190 lbs. One of 10 guys identified by Baseball America after the draft as “potential high value selections”. 3 pitch mix says BA–riding 4-seam FB in low 90s, splitter and depth CB. Control issues.

LHP Bryan King – rule 5 minor league phase pickup from the Cubs. 26 year old listed at 6’1" 184 lbs. Originally 30th rounder in '19 out of McNeese State. Reached AA in '22. Control issues.

RHP Manuel Urias – rule 5 minor league phase pickup from the Phillies. 21 year old listed at 6’6" 200 lbs. Signed out of Mexico back in '18. 207 Ks vs just 35 BBs in 218 career IP. Excepting 4.2 IP in low-A in '22, all of his innings have come in the complex leagues. FB per FG last year said to sit just 88 but does have a good CU. 0.88 WHIP in the Mexican Winter League this offseason in 22.2 innings.

LHP Luis Rodriguez – rule 5 minor league phase pickup from the Cubs. 23 year old listed at 6’1" 190 lbs. Signed out of Mexico back in '17. Sky high whiff total in '22 with low-A Myrtle Beach but sky high walk total too (106 vs 51 in 69 IP).

LHP Bryan Sammons – signed to minor league deal Jan. 18th after being released by Twins last September. 28 year old listed at 6’4" 235 lbs. 8th rounder back in '17. Lots of walks last 2 seasons (79 in 157.2 IP) while also surrendering lots of homers (38).

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Boy, the Astros really like their pitching Bryans. Is Bryan King still in the org as well?

Yes.