Pair of Houston Astros Prospects Obtain Promotion to Corpus Christi Hooks

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With a day off Monday, the Houston Astros carried a handful of pitchers throughout the system. But in terms of those closer to a major league opportunity, Spencer Arrighetti and Cesar Gomez received calls for Double-A Corpus Christi.

The two hurlers have played the entire 2022 season for the High-A Asheville Tourists in their two sophomore seasons of professional play so far. Arrighetti and Gomez also lived together in Asheville while both were promoted on the same day off.

Arrighetti — the Astros’ sixth-round pick of 2021 — battled with Chayce McDermott for most of the strikes against the Tourists for much of the season. With McDermott now in Baltimore’s system, Arrighetti left Asheville with 124 strikeouts over 85 2/3 innings this season. The Katy native posted a 5.04 ERA in 22 games and 13 starts for the tourists.

Gomez was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and made his professional debut for Single-A Fayetteville in 2021. The 24-year-old right-hander flew under the radar this season with a 4.56 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 77 innings for Asheville.

But in the last week, Gomez threw five scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and one walk to his nine strikeouts. The right-hander was also named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week on May 29 of this season.

Former Kansas State pitcher Kasey Ford

Colton Gordon, Edinson Batista and Kasey Ford fill the void at Asheville – all promoted from Fayetteville on Monday.

The Astros’ eight-round pick last summer, Gordon, pitched 33 1/3 innings with a 2.16 ERA and 49 strikeouts for the Woodpeckers after returning from Tommy John’s surgery that delayed the left-hander’s professional debut until 2022.

Batista recorded a 2.60 ERA over 93 1/3 innings between 21 games and eight starts. The 20-year-old right-hander hit 113 batters with 43 walks to his name and allowed 5.69 hits per nine innings.

Ford received its second this year after Asheville. The right-hander made a brief stint for the tourists as a bullpen deep in June before being sent down shortly after. The Kansas State alumnus had a 5.91 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 35 innings for Fayetteville from the bullpen.

“I just got better in the zone with all my pitches and developed better breaking balls, especially my slider, which really improved and became my go-to pitch,” Ford said. “My speed has improved over the past year increased and that helps a lot too.”

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