HOUSTON - AUGUST 10: Pitcher J.A. Happ #30 of the Houston Astros throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on August 10 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Newly acquired Joe Musgrove, broke the news on twitter this morning that RHP Kevin Comer will be joining the Astros as the PTBNL in the trade that sent him over in July.
Comer was drafted 57th overall in the supplemental first round last year and signed right at the deadline for $1,650,000 which is an overslot deal and enough to forego his scholarship to play at Vanderbilt. He was drafted out of high school in New Jersey, so keep in mind that he's a cold-weather pitcher.
Due to signing so late, Comer did not pitch last season, but has posted a nice stat line this season. He has a 3.95 ERA in 43 innings with a 29/8 SO/BB ratio. The most impressive stat is that he posted a 1.78 GO/AO ratio.
As for his stuff, pre-draft he shot up draft boards with a low to mid-90's fastball and a power curveball. His curve is actually spike curve that he actually throws two different ways, one for a big looping curve that is slower but primarily throws the tight spinning and harder curve. He also flashes a changeup that is lagging behind but shows promise.
Reports are that he's currently pitching upper-80's which is less than pre-draft reports. Being that he is a cold-weather pitcher and a high school arm in his first season, the velocity drop is expected and not surprising. Scouts say that his velocity will pick up, and it should, as his his body adjusts to pro-ball.
He physically should adjust well as he is a big 6-3, 205 pounder. Big tall frame that is filling out typically adjusts very well and allows for his body to project to be an innings eater. He also has clean mechanics that are very smooth. There aren't any real red flags with his delivery.
Most were not expecting the PTBNL to be a significant prospect in this deal considering the Astros already received a good return. However, Jeff Luhnow proved to be a magician and pulled another nice prospect from Alex Anthopoulos' grasps.