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Houston Astros News
How events this week have major franchise-defining impacts for Astros (houston.sportsmap.com)
Around the AL West
Moreno Keeps Angels But Still Needs A Stadium Deal (sportstalkflorida.com)
Rangers land former Yankees’ top OF prospect, Royals’ star pitcher (clutchpoints.com)
Seattle Mariners Drop Grey Unis for 2023, will wear Navy Blue for Road Games (news.sportslogos.net)
Other MLB News
Braves extend Snitker through ‘25 (mlb.com)
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Freilyn De Pena is a five-foot-10, 173 lb. right-handed reliever from Samana, DR. Born on March 13, 2003, he signed his first professional deal with the Astros on January 15, 2021.
De Pena came into 13 games in relief through that first season, spent with Houston’s sole (at the time) Dominican Summer League affiliate. He pitched 27 1⁄3 frames and struck out as many as he walked (26). He also allowed 27 hits for a WHIP just shy of 2. Things had to change for De Pena to stick around.
The 2022 season started for De Pena back at the DSL rookie level, with the newly split-off Orange squad. On June 18, he struck out three and over 1 1⁄3 innings, also walking three but earning the win in a 15-13 win over the DSL Red Guardians.
De Pena appeared in seven games for the Oranges, posting a 2-0 record with two saves and 12 strikeouts in 8 1⁄3 innings. He also walked eight and allowed five runs (four earned). Unfortunately, Houston released him on July 25.