Sunday, November 14, 2004

Eziquiel Astacio Report

Eziquiel Astacio, RHP, Houston Astros
Signed as an Unsigned Free Agent, 1998, Dominican Republic
Bats R/Throws R
25 YO, 6'3", 150 lbs

Taylor Buchholtz was the key player for the Astros in the Billy Wagner trade, but Astacio looks like he's just as good a prospect. He put up a 3.89 ERA with 185 K's, 56 walks, and 155 hits in 176 innings pitched for Round Rock. That's consistent with his career numbers. It also makes him a darkhorse candidate for the back of the Astros rotation next season. If he doesn't make the Astros roster, he'll be back in Round Rock, as it becomes the AAA affiliate next season. He's getting a bit old to be a top prospect, but he'll have a career.

ETA: Mid/Late 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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