With the best record in the American League, the Houston Astros are not messing around. In addition to calling-up their top prospect, 20-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa, the team will also be bringing up one of their top arms to slide into their starting rotation.
— Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) June 8, 2015
According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the Astros will call-up 23-year-old right hander Vincent Velasquez. Velasquez is set to join the team today, but will not make his MLB debut until Wednesday, as he is set to start against the Chicago White Sox at U.S Cellular Field.
Velasquez, who ranks #4 on the Astros’ Top 30 prospect list according to MLB Pipeline, had no prior experience above Single-A before this season. With the Corpus Christi Hooks, the team’s Double-A affiliate in 2015, Velasquez is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in five starts. Over his 26.1 innings of work, opponents have hit .169 against the right-hander.
This is not the first time that the Astros have promoted a starting pitcher to the big leagues before that pitcher even threw a pitch at the Triple-A level. Fellow right hander Lance McCullers took the same path to the majors, as he was promoted from Double-A to the big leagues just a few weeks ago.
Velasquez was drafted by the Astros in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Garey High School in California. With his insert into the rotation, veteran Roberto Hernandez has been demoted to the bullpen. Hernandez struggled in his 11 starts, posting a 5.18 ERA in that span.
With the promotions of Correa and Velasquez to the big league roster, the team must make two moves to clear up space on the 40-man roster. At this time, it is unclear what those moves will be.