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.’”

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This is so incredibly sad and tragic. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family and friends.

So sad. My thoughts go out to his family.

I live in Kingwood, and heard about this early this morning. Happend about three miles from wher we live. Such a sad story.

Our prayers go out to his friends and family…..

Kellogg was one of my bestfriends.. He was more of a brother. All of us, family and dear friends.. Miss him terribly, but we are still extremely proud of Dustin. We hurt because we don’t get to see our friend, we don’t get that chance to watch him grow as an Astro. On and off the field Dustin was an AMAZING human being. Very determined and never gave up. I remember when I’d be on the field and looking up in the stands and seeing Dustin standing at the very top of the bleachers, giving me the head shake which meant, “Let’s go. You got this.” He was our number one fan!
When Dustin told me he was being viewed by the Astro’s, I was so excited for him.. And when I found he was actually going to be a Houston Astro, I was more than proud of him. It was his dream and all he ever wanted.
Today, we know our fallen ‘stro is in good hands. He’s our angel and we know he’s with us every single day.
Kellogg played the game he loved fearlessly, determined to do what he was put on that field for, and he did this with every bit of his heart.
Today, tomorrow, the day after that, for the rest of our lives.. We live with our hearts, just like Dustin did. He reminds me on a daily basis that no dream is too big and anything is possible. I’ve decided to live up to my dream and proceed to play College softball onto Professional Softball. Thanks to Dustin, I’m doing this.. With complete confidence I can say that he’s gonna be right by my side through the entire process, just as he promised the day we graduated.. That no matter what happens to either of us, we’ll always be here for one another.
Keep playing up there kid, we’re still you’re biggest fan and you’re still our hero. Through the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to play the game.. You gave it your all DustyButt.
Dustin Ryan Kellogg, we’ll see you soon!
Rest in Peace.
WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

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