Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rule 5 Astros in Spring Training

As you probably recall, the Astros lost three players in the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft in December. These players will need to stay on the drafting team's 25-man roster for the entire 2015 season or they will otherwise have to be offered back to the Astros. Let's check in with the trio and see how they have fared so far in Spring Training.

LHP David Rollins/Seattle Mariners
In seven games (8.1 innings pitched), Rollins has done extremely well, going 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and a 0.625 WHIP. He has walked zero batters and struck out seven.

RHP Jandel Gustave/Kansas City Royals
In five games (7.1 innings pitched), Gustave is 1-0 and has converted one of two save opportunities. He has a 3.68 ERA, 1.227 WHIP and has walked three batters while striking out six. [UPDATE: Gustave was placed on waivers today by the Royals. This post from MLB Trade Rumors explains the process, but in a nutshell, if another team doesn't claim his Rule 5 rights, he will be offered back to the Astros.]

OF Delino DeShields/Texas Rangers
DeShields has appeared in 11 games for the Rangers, hitting .185/.214/.333 with two doubles, one triple, one RBI, one walk, and five strikeouts. He has stolen one base and has been caught stealing twice.

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