After being activated from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, Zack Greinke returned to the bump for the Houston Astros after 16 days away due to health and safety protocol. Jake Odorizzi fell to the 10-day IL in response with right-foot soreness, as the ball club misses out on a six-man rotation once again.
Greinke was limited to 75 pitches on Tuesday, as the right-hander worked through five plus innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on five hits and three walks. The hurler punched out only four in the process with some location worries evident that led to three home runs.
The right-hander now sits at a 3.96 ERA as an Astros. Greinke was traded to assist in a World Series push in 2019, but now struggles as he ages. With all of the prospects included in the return making their major-league debuts, has the Greinke trade hurt the Astros’ farm system all that much?
With Zack Greinke back in the rotation, all four of the prospects traded for him have made their major-league debut. Let’s take a look at their careers in Arizona.
Seth Beer was the final prospect traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks to make his major-league debut, as the outfielder/first baseman was called-up last week. The left-hander was slashing .287/.398/.511 through 362 at-bats this season in Triple-A.
The 24-year-old struck his first career home run in his first career at-bat, while totaling four hits through nine at-bats as of Monday night. The former Clemson Tiger has been the brightest prospect to come out of the Greinke trade as of right now, while having a huge upside with his plus power tool.