The Houston Astros and third-round pick Riley Ferrell were a match made in Texas. Houston selected the College Station native and TCU product in hopes of helping the Astros bullpen one day. This week the story got a bump in the road. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Ferrell had surgery to repair an aneurysm near his shoulder on his throwing arm side, as reported by MLB.com's Brain McTaggart.
Minor-league pitcher Riley Ferrell underwent surgery yesterday to repair an aneurysm in his throwing arm shoulder area.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 12, 2016
Ferrell, 22, pitched all of 2016 with Class-A Lancaster. He posted a 0-1 record with a 1.80 ERA in eight games. Ferrell struck out 14 and walked two over 10 innings of work. He last pitched on April 30 with JetHawks.
Ferrell was 1-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 31 2/3 innings in his junior season at TCU. He finished with 14 saves that season, first in the Big 12 conference and 11th nationally.