Career Astros Statistics
- Seasons Played: 9 (1995-2003)
- Primary Position(s) Played: RHP
- Career Pitcher WAR: 45.7 (Ranked 1st in Astros history)
- Earned Run Average: 3.24 (Ranked 12th in Astros history)
- Strikeouts: 1593 (Ranked 2nd in Astros history)
- Wins: 143 (Ranked 2nd in Astros history)
- Win-Loss %: .636 (Ranked 3rd in Astros history)
Houston has had many prolific starting pitchers play with the team over the years. However, no single pitcher has put together a resume with the club quite like Roy Oswalt has. Oswalt was drafted out of high school in the 23rd round of the 1996 MLB Draft.
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Oswalt spent some years in the minor leagues before making a name with himself by being selected as a starting pitcher for the Team USA during the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, where the USA would capture the Gold in the games. Roy was quick to show off his electric fastball and knee-buckling curveball when he made his major league debut in 2001.
Oswalt ended that rookie season with a 14–3 record with a 2.73 ERA across his 20 starts with the franchise. He finished second in voting for NL Rookie of the Year that same season, only losing out to Albert Pujols. Roy Oswalt would go on to play 9 more seasons, during which he was selected three All-Star games and finished in the top five in Cy Young voting in five seasons.
Fans will never forget Oswalt’s post-season performances in 2005. Oswalt went 3–0 in four games. His two seven-inning one-run performances won him the NLCS MVP award, including a three-hit seven strikeout NLCS Game 6 against the St Louis Cardinals that sent the organization to their first World Series in club history.