Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Getting to Know Astros/JetHawks RHP Joe Musgrove

RHP Joe Musgrove was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round in 2011 and came in to the Houston system as a part of a July 2012 10-player trade with that team. 2014 was a breakthrough season for him as he compiled a 2.81 ERA and a 0.961 WHIP in 15 games (13 starts). After starting the 2015 season with Low A Quad Cities, Musgrove received an early May promotion to High A Lancaster, and has built on that great 2014 season by going 7-1 with a 1.81 ERA and a 1.007 WHIP in his 10 games (6 starts) so far this season. In 49.2 innings pitched, he has struck out 59 batters while issuing only ONE WALK.

Musgrove speaks with Gonzalez pre-game
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Lancaster Pitching Coach Don Alexander said of Musgrove, "I'm real excited about what I've seen with him. His stuff is good. I love how he competes. He's a gamer, very aggressive when he's on the mound. He's got a chance to have three above average to well above average pitches. I think he's the real deal and he's very exciting for me right now."

I spoke with Musgrove recently about his season so far, working with Catcher Alfredo Gonzalez, his workout regimen and more ...

Thank you for your time, Joe, and best of luck as the season continues.


Other recent interviews:
1B Jon Singleton
LHP Bryan Radziewski
1B A.J. Reed

You can find more on virtually every player in the Astros minor league system in the 2015 Houston Farm System Handbook available on Amazon for download to your kindle, iPad, laptop, desktop or smart phone.

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