Houston Astros’ top-ranked prospect Hunter Brown finally made his MLB debut. Brown threw six scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers, also grabbing the win to start his career off 1-0.
It was an exciting Labor Day for Astros fans as starting pitcher Hunter Brown was finally called up to make his MLB debut. Hunter Brown had a final line of: 6 IP, 5 K, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 ER.
This was a very solid debut for Brown, the future is very bright for the young pitcher from Detroit.
Brown definitely has a spot in this rotation in the near future but the injury of Justin Verlander was the main reason why he was called up to make his debut. It will be interesting to see if Brown is able to make it on the playoff roster, playoffs do start in less than a month so it would be a huge challenge for the 24-year-old pitcher.
In his three seasons in the minor leagues, Hunter Brown had a 3.40 ERA, 298 K, and 113 BB. His numbers were never astonishing but the Astros farm system is not the greatest out there compared to other teams.
Hunter Brown should be pitching in the upcoming series against the Los Angeles Angels if everything ends up going to plan. He’ll face top hitters like Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, if he handles them smoothly then it would be time to consider having Hunter Brown start in the playoffs.
Holding him back due to his inexperience in the playoffs and his age should not be a reason why he shouldn’t be able to start a playoff game. The more opportunities he receives leads to Brown being able to improve his game in high-leverage situations which is huge for young starting pitchers like him.
To make things even better, the Houston Astros’ all-time record is now 4,812-4,812 which is the team’s first time being at .500 since May 14, 2006.