Astros take Schuster in Rule 5, trade him

Astros take Schuster in Rule 5, trade him
December 12, 2013, 10:15 am
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With the Astros' first pick in the 2014 Rule 5 draft, they selected left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster.

Then, they traded him to San Diego for cash considerations to complete Wednesday's trade that brought right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass to Houston.

Schuster has a career 3.55 ERA from rookie ball to Class-A Advanced. He spent 2013 with the Class-A Advanced Visalia Rawhide, where he pitched in 55 games with a 1.83 ERA.

The Astros also selected three players in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. In the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5, the Astros took outfielder Ravel Santana and left-handed pitcher Carlos Vasquez. In the Double-A phase, they took lefty Blaine Sims.

Santana has been in the Yankees' system since 2009 and has hit .265 with 36 doubles, 27 homers, 114 RBIs and 43 stolen bases.

Vasquez has been in the Mets' system for five seasons and has posted a 22-8 record with a 3.20 ERA and 255 strikeouts in 112 appearances. In 2013, he was in Class-A Advanced St. Lucie.

Sims was signed by Atlanta as a non-drafted free agent and has made 92 appearances in their system. The intrigue: He throws a knuckle ball. In 2013, he struck out 56 in 53.1 innings.

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