Astros call-up top prospect for tonight’s game against the Royals
The Houston Astros are the best team in baseball, despite dealing with a rash of injuries to their starting rotation. The team has been without Collin McHugh all season and had Joe Musgrove, Charlie Morton, and Dallas Keuchel miss starts.
In an attempt to stem the tide, the Astros have fired their best bullet for pitching help by calling up top pitching prospect Francis Martes on Thursday, reports the Houston Chronicle’s, Jake Kaplan.
The Astros have called up Francis Martes from AAA, per sources. Expectation is they’ll break in their top pitching prospect out of the ‘pen.
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) June 8, 2017
Martes has skyrocketed up the Astros minor league season, spending 2016 in Corpus Christi. He was 9-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 25 games (22 starts), striking out 131 and walking 47 in 125 1/3 innings.
The right-hander has struggled in Triple-A with a 0-2 record and a 5.29 ERA in eight starts. But the Astros were without many options to help out the major league bullpen with Ashur Tolliver injured and Jordan Jankowski unable to return until Friday.
Martes is currently the No.1 prospect on the TCB Top 30 Astros prospect list.