The Astros picked some random dude up off of waivers today:
Ryan Houston, a 6-foot-4 righthander who's won 34 games in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system in nine seasons, was claimed off waivers by the Astros today.
Houston, 28, has spent his entire career in the Blue Jays minor leagues, going 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA in in 50 appearances out of the bullpen last season. He was recently released by the Blue Jays and accepted his assignment to the Astros, who have placed him on their 40-man roster.
Houston is 34-30 with a 3.86 ERA in 279 career minor league appearances since 1999, mostly in relief.
Yes, that's right folks. He's spent nine seasons in the minors.
I'll be the first to admit that I don't know shit about player development in baseball but it seems that if a guy spends nine years in the minor leagues without being called up to the big show there's a reason for it?
You know, something like him not being all that good.
Who knows, maybe Round Rock needed some bullpen help, because I'd be willing to bet that's where he'll spend next season.