Like many times before, the Astros played one of their minor league affiliates in a tuneup for the upcoming season. This time around, the Astros headed to Corpus Christi, home of the Hooks. It's also home to catcher Tyler Heineman, the Astros 2012 draft pick out of UCLA. On Thursday, Heineman did something that can only happen in a exhibition game - he played for both the Hooks and Astros in the same game.
Heineman started the game at catcher for the Hooks, hitting a double in two at-bats. Brett Booth replaced Heineman behind the plate to start the fourth inning.
Tyler Heineman's day wasn't done though, he switched jerseys and replaced Robbie Grossman as Astros designated hitter. Heineman would reach on a field error, move up a base on a wild pitch, and score on a Hank Conger double.
An interesting day to say the least for Heineman, the box score on mlb.com couldn't list his Hooks stats correctly (Pictured is the Hooks boxscore with Heineman's stats with Astros). I would have to guess that was the quick promotion in MLB history, jumping two levels of baseball in four innings.
The Astros seem to have taken special interest in Heineman. He was a part of the most recent fall league roster, and will be joining the Astros in Houston over the weekend as part of the team's final two exhibition games. What that means for presumed future of the franchise catcher Max Stassi, we will see. It's probably nothing more than giving a young catcher seasoning, like the Astros did with Stassi last season.