The Houston Astros have made their final major roster decision on Thursday. The final spot in the bullpen has been handed to RHP Jandel Gustave and RHP James Hoyt was been optioned to Triple-A Fresno.
AJ Hinch announces James Hoyt has been optioned. Jandel Gustave has made the Opening Day roster.— Houston Astros (@astros) March 31, 2017
Gustave, 24, had an impressive Spring Training run with a 1-1 record and a 1.80 ERA in 11 games. He allowed one hit over an inning against the Cubs on Thursday.
Gustave made his major league debut in 2016, he was 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in 14 games.
Hoyt, 30, was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 22 games with the Astros in 2016. He was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 appearances during Spring Training.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch stated that the decision wouldn’t be impacted by the Cubs game, in which Hoyt gave up a home run to Anthony Rizzo. But Gustave brings a special talent to the Astors bullpen with his electric fastball.