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