Many kids dream of playing for their hometown club, but it's extremely rare to one make it to the major leagues and play for one specific team. That dream has come true for Richmond-native and Lamar Consolidated Grad Brady Rodgers.
The Astros have added Rodgers to the 40-man roster and called him up to the major league club on Friday — reports Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan.
Source confirms Brady Rodgers was called up to the Astros and will join them in Arlington. Expected to pitch out of the bullpen.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) September 2, 2016
Rodgers, 25, was named the 2016 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year after 21 starts with the Fresno Grizzlies. Rodgers has posted a 12-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 22 starts with the Grizzlies. He has allowed 42 earned runs on 129 hits and 23 walks while striking out 116.
The Astros drafted Rodgers out of Arizona State in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He has been the Astros minor league system for five years, spending the last two full season in Triple-A.
2016 has been by far Rodgers most successful season in the Astros minor league system. The improvement was sparked by a conversation between Rodgers and then Astros closer Luke Gregerson. Gregerson helped build up Rodgers' slider during Spring Training and he's put into practice in 2016.
The addition of Rodgers fills the Astros 40-man roster, barring any other moves by Houston