Thursday, February 4, 2010

Jared Wells assesses the Astros' pitching situation

Recent signee Jared Wells signed with the Astros for a few reasons:

“I did take a little less to come down this way. For a long time, I’ve wanted to take my chance here and my agent told me to take the deal because he knew what they have and he thought it was a good fit...

...“The only thing I am disappointed about is not going to Big League camp. I’ve been going the last three years, but knowing that they need pitching help, I am taking the opportunity. They have a new manager and some guys will be on short leashes, especially the ones who are not established.”

And he knows what he's got going on:
"I tell you, what the Astros are getting is a good starter or reliever who has done both throughout his minor league career. But I will do whatever it takes —whether it is middle relief — but ultimately I’d like to be the seventh-, eighth- or ninth-inning guy. They are getting someone who can throw between 93 to 95 mph...

“Worst case scenario, I will start in Double-A but will only be three hours away from home in Corpus Christi. Or I could be three hours away from Austin, the Triple-A team. Being from this area, I’ve always wanted to play for them, and knowing they need pitching I just need to get to work.”