The winter meetings are less than a month away, but the Houston Astros have already made a move on their 40-man roster. The Astros added left-handed pitcher Reymin Guduan to their 40-man roster as announced by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
The #Astros have selected LHP Reymin Guduan to the 40-man roster.— Houston Astros (@astros) November 5, 2016
The Astros press release over the weekend stated:
Guduan, 24, split his 2016 season between Triple A Fresno (34g) and Double A Corpus Christi (9g) posting a 3-3 record with two saves and a 4.18 ERA (26ER/56IP). The hard-throwing left-hander struck out 63 batters in 56.0 innings pitched, while allowing just a .235 opponent batting average on the season. He limited left-handers at the Triple A level to a .213 opponent batting average. The 2016 season was Guduan's seventh (2010-16) in the Astros system after signing out of the Dominican Republic in September of 2009.
With the addition of Guduan, the Astros now have 37 players on their 40-man roster.
Adding a relief pitcher is an interesting move before for the Rule-5 draft as he has been in the Astros system for seven seasons. But left-handed pitcher tend to be the kind of players teams are willing to roll the dice on.