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Joe Musgrove to open season in Astros starting rotation

Musgrove will start the Astros’ 4th game of the season.

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Joe Musgrove will start the 2017 season with the major league club in 2017. Musgrove will start for the Houston Astros in their fourth game of the season, Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced on Sunday — reported by the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan.

Musgrove, 24, has proven to be one of the Astros’ top pitching prospects over the past handful of seasons. Musgrove got his first taste of major league action in 2016, posting a 4-4 record with a 4.06 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) with 55 strikeouts and 16 walks.

He was 12-1 with 1.88 ERA in 19 games between Single-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi in 2015. Musgrove was 7-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 16 games (14 starts) between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno in 2016.

Musgrove made the most of his time in the Grapefruit League, he was 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in six starts.

The Astros acquired Musgrove in 2012 from the Blue Jays as a piece in the Brandon Lyon-J.A. Happ trade.