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Astros sign second-round pick Andrew Thurman

Also sign four additional players from 2013 Draft today

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today the signing of right-handed pitcher Andrew Thurman, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft. The Astros also announced the signings of LHP Jordan Mills (28th round), RHP Jorge Perez (30th round), 1B Tyler White (33rd round) and LHP J.D. Osborne (36th round). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The official announcement was made by Astros Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Elias.

Thurman, 21, worked out with the Astros Major League club at Minute Maid Park this afternoon after signing his professional contract. He will join the Astros minor league affiliate in Tri-City (NY-Penn League) on Tuesday. Thurman was signed by Astros area scout Brad Budzinski .

Thurman posted a 3.23 ERA (36ER/100.1IP) with three complete games in 14 starts for the Anteaters this season. He recorded 91 strikeouts in his 100.1 innings of work, while holding opponents to a .234 batting average. In his career at UCI, Thurman was a two-time All-Big West Conference first-team honoree. He registered a career record of 18-10 on the mound with a 3.19 ERA.

"Andrew is a big addition to the growing stable of pitching prospects in our system," said Elias. "He features a very effective four-pitch mix, reaching the mid-90's with his fastball, and has a durable build and repeatable delivery. The ingredients are present for him to develop into a high-quality Major League starter, and with his long track record of success and advanced feel for pitching, we expect he will hit the ground running this summer."

The Astros have signed 22 of their 40 draft picks this season, including six of their top 10. The players agreeing to terms on contracts are listed below.

  Rnd (Pick) Player                                        School                                                 Ht/Wt                   Assigned to        Date Signed

2 (40)             Andrew Thurman               UC-Irvine                                            6-3/205                Tri-City                   6/17

4 (107)          1B Conrad Gregor               Vanderbilt                                         6-3/220                Tri-City                   6/13

5 (137)          2B Tony Kemp                      Vanderbilt                                         5-7/165                Tri-City                   6/12

6 (167)          C Jacob Nottingham         Redlands HS (CA)                          6-3/200                GCL Astros            6/13

7 (197)          OF James Ramsay               South Florida                                   5-11/180             Tri-City                   6/10

8 (227)          CF Jason Martin                   Orange Lutheran HS (CA)         5-10/175             GCL Astros            6/12

13 (377)       RHP Kyle Westwood         North Florida                                   6-3/190                Tri-City                   6/10

21 (617)       OF Jon Kemmer                   Brewton-Parker College            6-2/215                Tri-City                   6/13                  

22 (647)       LHP Sebastian Kessay      Scottsdale CC                                   6-2/200                Greeneville          6/10

23 (677)       SS Thomas Lindauer         Illinois                                                  6-2/175                Tri-City                   6/12

25 (737)       LHP Albert Minnis              Wichita State                                   6-0/190                Tri-City                   6/12

26 (767)       RHP William Chrismon    Christopher Newport U.             6-2/227                Greeneville          6/12

27 (797)       RHP Pat Christensen         La Salle                                                6-3/200                Tri-City                   6/12

28 (827)       LHP Jordan Mills                 St. Mary's College                          6-5/208                Greeneville          6/17

29 (857)       LHP Randall Fant                Arkansas                                             6-4/190                Tri-City                   6/12

30 (887)       RHP Jorge Perez                  Seminole State College             5-11/170             GCL Astros            6/17

32 (947)       RHP Zach Morton               Northwestern                                  6-2/180                Tri-City                   6/12

33 (977)       1B Tyler White                      Western Carolina                           5-11/225             GCL Astros            6/17

34 (1007)     C Brett Booth                         Alabama                                             5-10/205             GCL Astros            6/10

36 (1067)     LHP J.D. Osborne                Wofford College                            6-5/225                Greeneville          6/17

38 (1127)     OF Ronnie Mitchell            Dallas Baptist                                   5-11/200             Tri-City                   6/13

40 (1187)     RHP Tyler Brunnemann Hardin Simmons                            6-2/225                Greeneville          6/12

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