Astros’ Minor League player killed
Dustin Kellogg, a right-handed pitcher who signed with the Astros after being selected by his hometown team in the 34th round of this year’s First-Year Player Draft, was killed early Tuesday in a traffic accident, a team official confirmed.
“It’s extremely tragic news,” Astros assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck said. “Not even from an Astros standpoint, but just from a young person starting his life and starting his career, whether it’s baseball or anything else.”
According to the Conroe Courier, Kellogg, 18, was killed when his pickup truck was struck head-on by an 18-wheeler around 1 a.m. CT on Tuesday in Montgomery County, Texas. The Astros selected Kellogg out of Caney Creek High School in Conroe, which is in about 45 miles north of Houston in Montgomery County.
“He’s a good kid full of life with lots of athletic ability and a baseball future ahead of him,” said former Astros scout Rusty Pendergrass, who signed Kellogg.
The Astros invited Kellogg, 6-foot-4, to their pre-Draft workout and monitored him throughout the summer before sending him to the Gulf Coast League in Kissimmee, Fla. He pitched in six games, going 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA.
“He made it known all along he wanted to go out and play and wanted to be an Astro,” Heck said. “When he signed, we pulled the pen of his hand and he said, ‘Let’s go.’”