2013 Astros Trade Deadline: David Paulino Player To Be Named Later In Jose Veras Trade

Leon Halip

Astros receive right-handed pitcher David Paulino as the player to be named later in the Jose Veras trade.

The other piece to the Jose Veras trade has been discovered, from Jason Beck of MLB.com:

David Paulino is a 19-year old 6'5", 180 lbs right-handed pitcher who also happens to be the brother of  "highly-touted" Tigers pitching prospect Brenny Paulino.

In his blog (Beck's Blog), Beck notes that Paulino:

  • Has a big arm, like his brother.
  • Just had Tommy John surgery.
  • Has been hitting 97 mph with his fastball, according to scouting reports.
  • Is a high-risk, high-reward pickup for the Astros, who also received outfield prospect Danry Vasquez.

Paulino has been in the Tigers system since 2011. He pitched 15 innings that year, four innings in 2012 and 20 innings this year.  Overall he has a 1.62 ERA in 39 innings of work. He's struck out 9.5 hitters per nine innings and walked only 2.8 per nine innings.

This looks like yet another good move for Jeff Luhnow and company who were able to capitalize on a 32-year old reliever with a 3.83 ERA and a 4.08 FIP.

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