Oct 14, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcherPat Neshek
(37) pitches during the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants in game three of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
And that’s exactly what happened in the Rule 5 Draft. Delino DeShields was drafted by the Texas Rangers, while David Rollins was drafted by the Seattle Mariners and Jandel Gustave was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. These three players must stay on the 25 Man Roster all season long, or they are sent back to Houston. The Astros also lost Marc Krauss to the Angels via waivers, but they made some additions to the team shortly afterwards. On December 12th, they signed relief pitchers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to help out an Astros bullpen that has blown over 60 saves the last two seasons. Then on December 22nd, they signed Jed Lowrie to take over at Short Stop to help bridge the gap until Carlos Correa arrives.
And now, we wait to see what other roster moves will be made between now and when Pitcher and Catchers report in February. While wait impatiently for that to arrive, looking back through all the good and the bad in 2014 should leave you excited for the Astros future. The team has taken a huge step from where they were at this time last year, and you can expect them to make an even bigger step within the next 365 days. Buckle up Astros fans, you won’t want to miss this ride in 2015.