Courtesy of minor-leaguer Garrett Broshuis' blog, the Astros have signed former Giants pitcher Ryan Sadowski to a minor-league deal, with an invitation to Big League Spring Training.
Sadowski, a 2003 12th round pick, is 27 years old, and was 2-4 with a 4.45 ERA in six starts this season - his rookie year. His line for the year?
2-4 (6 starts), 28.1IP, 28H/14ER, 17K:17BB, 4.45 ERA/1.59 WHIP.
Are you trying to remember where you have heard his name? It's because he dominated the Astros in G78 on July 3, throwing 7IP, 3H/0ER, 4K:1BB in his second career start. Things got a little bumpy for Sadowski at the end of July, and he was sent down, and then was released on November 23.
I have no doubt that Dow can pitch again in the big leagues. I'm obviously a bit biased since he's such a great friend, but the guy has the stuff. When he's healthy, I'd pit him against any back of the rotation starter in the big leagues. He's probably not as good as his first two starts, but he's definitely not as bad as his last couple. The truth is somewhere in between. Now he's entering a phase of his career where he is likely to become a journeyman. And this can be difficult.
We also learn that Sadowski is getting married in a couple of weeks. So, congratulations all around!