Bukauskas to pitch in Futures Game

Astros' No. 5 prospect will be club's lone representative

June 29th, 2019

HOUSTON -- Astros pitching prospect J.B. Bukauskas will be the club’s lone representative at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which this year will feature the American League vs. the National League. The game will take place at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 7, at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Bukauskas, the Astros’ No. 5 prospect by MLB Pipeline (and No. 98 overall), is 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA in 15 games (11 starts) at Double-A Corpus Christi, with 72 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings. Hall of Famer Jim Thome will manage the AL Futures Team.

The teams feature a combined 24 former first-round draft picks (13 on AL; 11 on NL), one player picked in Competitive Balance Round A (NL), seven second-round picks (1 on AL; 6 on NL), two third-round picks (1 on AL; 1 on NL); two fifth-round picks (AL) and two seventh-round picks (AL).

Among the 24 first-round picks, seven were selected in the 2018 Draft, nine in the '17 Draft and eight in '16. The squads contain a combined 15 internationally-born players representing nine different countries and territories outside America's 50 states. The Dominican Republic is represented by five players, followed by Colombia (two), Cuba (two) and Puerto Rico (two). Canada, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela are each represented by one player on the rosters.

Peacock mending

Right-hander , who was placed on the injured list Friday with right shoulder discomfort, said on Saturday that the MRI he underwent showed only inflammation. He said that he’s pitched through it his past four or five starts.

Peacock is 1-3 with a 7.08 ERA in his past four outings, though he struck out 11 Yankees in six innings on June 21 at Yankee Stadium. Peacock hopes to rest for a few days before he begins throwing and could possibly be plugged back into the rotation after the All-Star break.

“It’s been bugging me for quite a while, a couple of starts,” Peacock said. “I didn’t feel to great my last one and I think it’s just time to take a little break and get healthy and come back after the All-Star break.”

Odds and ends

• Rookie outfielder , who left Thursday’s game with a sore left knee after fouling a ball off the knee Tuesday, is progressing, manager AJ Hinch said. Alvarez has missed the past two games.

“He’s better and we’re happy with where he’s at and we hope he’s going to be available today,” Hinch said. “As I said yesterday, I’m not going to play him until I’m convinced that he’s going to move to the batter’s box normally and be able to complete a game.”

• University of Michigan outfielder Jordan Brewer, the Astros’ third-round pick (No. 106 overall) in this year's MLB Draft, is flying to Houston on Sunday and will sign with the club Monday.

“I’m beyond excited,” said Brewer, who will begin this professional career with Class A Short Season Tri-City. “I can’t even put it into words right now. It’s going to be really fun, really cool. A new chapter of my life is starting and it’s going to be awesome.”