Which pitcher is most likely traded to the Houston Astros?

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The Most Likely Pitcher Traded to the Astros

Jul 18, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (38) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Ross

Are you surprised? I think Ross is the perfect fit for the Astros, not for the ace of the staff, but as a great number two pitcher to Keuchel. Put him in between Keuchel and McCullers with McHugh and Velasquez following, that would be an impressive rotation for several years. Luhnow can talk all about wanting a rental, he will see that the difference between a pitcher with team control and a rental pitcher disappears as the clock winds down to the deadline. Yes, he has control issues, but he can pitch around them most of the time. It will take an excellent package to acquire him including Appel and Domingo Santana, but he is the perfect pitcher for this team. This is mainly my gut feeling because I think Luhnow might take a shot at Price as well.


  • He is still young with six years experience.
  • He struggled early in his career and how learned how to pitch.
  • Fits in the ‘process’ similar to Evan Gattis with two years left of the control.
  • Average fastball speed is 93 MPH.
  • Ross has an impressive groundball rate of close to 62%.


  • It will cost a lot.
  • He’s not lefthanded.

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My Prediction:

I think if Ross goes anywhere, he will go to Houston. It would take a package of 4-5 prospects to make the trade, but the Astros are able to hang onto Hader, Brett Phillips, and A.J. Reed among others. I am no expert on the art of a trade, but I think Ross just makes too much sense for the Astros. Yes, Ross is on my fantasy baseball team. The other bloggers agreed that Ross is the best fit for the Astros with 48 points.

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