The Houston Astros’ 40-man roster was set entering the Rule-5 Draft on Thursday. But the Astros minor league teams were still open to having players selected by outside teams.
The Texans Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Mike Hauschild with the No. 29 pick in the first round of the draft.
Hauschild, 26, was drafted by the Astros with a 33rd pick in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Dayton University.
Hauschild hard arguably his most prolific season in 2016 with Triple-A Fresno. He was 9-10 with 3.22 ERA in 24 starts — with 119 strikeouts and 40 walks in 139 2⁄3 innings. Hauschild was a 2016 Triple-A All-Star selection.
The right-hander profiles as a groundball pitcher and had 3.63 FIP and a .316 BABIP last season.
Any Rule-5 selection will have to remain on the active 25-man roster for the majority to retain control. If not, the player will have to place on waivers and/or offered back to the original.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels compared Hauschild to the Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Shoemaker and noted he would be in the running for the final spot in the Ranger rotation.
Astros pro scouting director Kevin Goldstein added that Hauschild was player with the most discussion in the Houston camp about adding to the 40-man roster before the Rule-5 draft.