Astros, Gause agree to terms
The Astros have agreed to terms with 10th-round pick Jay Gause, a right-handed pitcher from Faulkner University in Alabama. He told MLB.com he planned to sign his deal on Saturday and will be in the rotation at short-season Tri-City.
“I’m excited, man,” Gause said. “I plan on being in the rotation sometime in the next week or so. I’ve been waiting on this opportunity for two or three years now. I got drafted out of high school (25th round by Indians in 2010) and turned it down and went to college, so I’ve been waiting for this.”
Gause, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, is coming off a season in which he threw 58 innings and had a 2.17 ERA along with 83 strikeouts and 24 walks. He is from Shallotte, N.C., and previously attended Walters State Community College.
The pick, the 286th overall, comes with an assigned slot value of $142,100.