David Paulino Promoted To Houston Astros

 Promoted To Houston Astros

The farm continues to provide reinforcements for the Astros. We have seen many top prospects promoted to Houston and today they got another one in David Paulino.

Paulino was originally signed by the Detroit Tigers. In the summer of 2013, the Astros sent Jose Veras to the Tigers in exchange for Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later, David Paulino. Paulino missed all of 2014 due to Tommy John Surgery but was a pitching prospect seen with a ton of upside.

Finally healthy in 2015, Paulino pitched across three different levels (A-, A, A+) and went 5-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 19 BB/72 K in 67.1 innings. Baseball America rated Paulino the #91 prospect in all of baseball prior to 2016.

Paulino started this season off in Corpus and has dominated. He has gone 5-2 with a 1.82 ERA, 64 IP, 11 BB/72 K. Paulino missed a bit of time nursing a minor injury but has came back just as strong before. Paulino was then promoted to AAA Fresno where he made three starts posting a 3.86 ERA with 6 BB/20 K in 14 innings.

Paulino features a mid to high 90s fastball and a good curveball. The 6’7″ right hander was rated the #80 prospect in baseball by MLB.com in July. Paulino will most likely help the Astros in the bullpen where we could really see his stuff play up. Congratulations, David!

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