Last name is pronounced: HOSS-child... Pitched at Beavercreek (OH) High School (graduated 2008) and was a Mizuno all-Ohio first team selection as a senior... Went on to attend the University of Dayton and pitched four seasons for the Flyers, posting a 23-20 career record…went 7-3 in his senior season in 2012, setting a school record for innings (120.1) and recording the second most strikeouts in club history (92)…the summer after his sophomore year (2010), was selected as the New England College Summer Baseball League Pitcher of the Year, while pitching for Danbury... Selected by Houston after his senior season in the 33rd round of the June 2012 draft... signed by Astros scout Nick Venuto... Is signed to a minor league contract for the 2018 season...invited to Major League Spring Training on Jan. 25, 2018...this marks his second time in Major League Spring Training, but his first with the Astros...spent Spring Training with the Rangers in 2017 as a Rule 5 draft pick.
Made his Major League debut as a member of the Rangers, appearing in four games as a Rule 5 pick before being returned to Houston on April 22...assigned to Triple A Fresno and finished his campaign with the Grizzlies...went 6-2 with a 4.58 ERA (46ER/90.1IP) in 18 starts at the Triple A level... began his year as a Rule 5 pick in Rangers Spring Training and made the club after posting a 2.70 ERA (6ER/20IP) in eight games (three starts) in the Cactus League...made his Major League debut on April 8 vs. OAK (1ER/1IP)...made his final MLB appearance on April 19 at OAK (5ER/3.1IP) before being designated for assignment on April 20...cleared waivers and was returned to Houston on April 22.
Ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in ERA (4th, 3.22), strikeouts (T7th, 119), and WHIP (8th, 1.27) at Fresno (AAA)…led the Grizzlies staff in ERA, innings (139.2), and starts (24), tied for 1st in strikeouts, and was 3rd in wins (9)…worked a scoreless inning in the PCL All-Star Game, 7/13 at Charlotte…was the PCL pitcher of the week for week ending 7/10…posted a 2.62 ERA (24 ER/82.1 IP) over his final 14 starts beginning 6/7…worked 6.0 or more innings 14 times with 8.0 SHO frames on 7/7 vs. Reno…pitched 7.0 scoreless innings on 6/19 at Tacoma and 6.2 SHO frames on 8/7 at El Paso…issued just 3 home runs in last 15 starts (87.1 IP) beginning 6/2…fanned season high 10 on 7/22 vs. Albuquerque…RHB hit .257 with LHB at .262…was on the DL from 8/16-29…went 0-1, 2.31 (6 ER/23.1 IP) in 5 starts with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.
Combined to go 12-6 with a 3.38 (52ER/138.1IP) in 25 games (23 starts) between Corpus Christi (AA) and Fresno…led all Houston minor leaguers in innings, ranked tied for first in wins, and ranked second in strikeouts (116)…was 5-1 with a 3.20 in 10 games (eight starts) to begin the year at Corpus Christi…was 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA (8ER/33IP) in his final six starts for the Hooks to earn a promotion to Fresno on June 8…pitched 5.1 shutout innings to win his Triple A debut on June 14 at SLC…worked 8.0 shutout innings on Aug. 3 at Albuquerque…had a season high 10 strikeouts on July 1 at El Paso…was selected as the PCL Pitcher of the Week for the week of Aug. 3-10.
Went 4-10 with a 4.33 ERA (64ER/133.1IP) in 28 games (20 starts) at Lancaster (High A) and Corpus Christi…was second among Astros minor league pitchers in innings and tied for fifth in strikeouts (118)…opened the year in the Lancaster bullpen before entering the rotation on April 18… was promoted to Corpus Christi on May 9 and pitched in 20 games (16 starts) for the Hooks the rest of the year…worked 5.0 scoreless innings in his Double A debut on May 12 at San Antonio and was 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA in his first four starts…was the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for May 12-19, allowing one run in 12.0 inning in two starts…fanned eight in 4.0 innings for a save on Aug. 29 vs. Frisco.
Had a 9-4 record and a 3.50 ERA (48ER/123.1IP) in 28 games (19 starts) for Quad Cities (Low A) and Lancaster…issued just 2.2 walks per 9.0 innings, the fifth best ratio among Houston minor leaguers…was 3-0 with a 2.09 in 12 starts and 3-1 with a 5.09 ERA in eight relief appearances at Quad Cities…allowed one unearned run in 14.0 innings in his final three appearances for the River Bandits…fanned a season high 10 on June 30 against Clinton…was promoted to Lancaster on July 10.
Posted a team low 1.78 ERA at Greeneville (Rookie) in his first pro season…fanned 39 in 30.1 innings and held opponents to a .202 batting average.