Friday, July 27, 2012

Astros claim Chuckie Fick from Cards

Jeff Luhnow just re-acquired another of his former Cardinals prospects. Zachary Levine tweets that the Astros have claimed RHP Chuckie Fick off waivers from St. Louis.

Fick is 6'5", 185, and 26 years old. He's 1-1 with a 4.68 ERA and 4.3 K/9 in 42.1 innings of relief for AAA Memphis this season; he had a 5.40 ERA in 1.2 IP split between two games with the Cardinals this year. But he posted considerably better numbers a year ago - 2.30 ERA, 7.8 K/9, 1.152 WHIP over 70.1 relief innings for Memphis in 2011.

Over here is an interview that Chuckie did with Future Redbirds back in 2008. And here is a pre-2012 profile by The Cardinal Nation that highlights Fick's extreme GB/FB ratio (greater than 3-to-1).

As Levine notes, this claim puts Houston's 40-man roster at 40, so the Astros will have to remove someone from the roster before Saturday's game to make room for Armando Galarraga.

UPDATE: Fick has joined the Astros in Houston, so Enerio Del Rosario has been sent to OKC to make room on the 25-man roster. But someone still has to come off the 40-man before tomorrow's game if Galarraga is coming up.

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