Astros, Velazquez reach agreement
The Astros agreed to terms with another draft pick Tuesday, reaching a deal with seventh-round selection Derick Velazquez, a right-hander pitcher from Fresno State University.
Velazquez, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound pitcher from Fresno State, spent much of the year pitching relief for the Bulldogs before moving into a starting role late in the season. In 56 1/3 innings, Velazquez had an ERA of 4.79 and a 3-5 record for Fresno State. He struck out 28 and walked 23.
“It’s just a relief,” Velazquez told MLB.com. “It’s just a dream come true. I think when I get on the plane, it will really hit me.”
He said he will report to Kissimmee, Fla., before hitting to short-season Tri-City.
Velazquez, a junior, is from Los Banos, Calif., and played at Merced College for one season, where he was a junior college All-American and the Nor-Cal Player of the Year. His record was 11-0 with a 1.43 ERA.
MLB.com has previously reported the Astros have reached deals with second-round pick A.J. Reed, a first baseman from Kentucky; third-round pick J.D. Davis, a third baseman from Cal State Fullerton; eighth-round pick Bobby Boyd, a center fielder from West Virginia University; ninth-round pick Bryan Radziewski, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Miami; and 10th-round pick Jay Gause, a right-handed pitcher from Faulkner University in Alabama.
Astros’ sixth-round pick Brock Dykxhoorn, a right-handed pitcher from Central Arizona College, said Saturday he had agreed to a signing bonus and was sorting out the final details of the contract.