Though there’s always the chance he’ll be back in a Redhawks uniform, OKC Redhawks fans may have seen the last of the Houston Astros organization’s glittering pitching prospect, Jordan Lyles, who becomes the fourth youngest to start a game in Astros history this week when he takes the mound against the Cubs on Tuesday.
Lyles, only 20-years-old and barely three years removed from high school, opened eyes in Spring Training (some called for him to jump to the Astros then) and has not dissapointed as he is hitting stride at the top level of minor league baseball. In his last three starts he has been special, allowing only three earned runs in 20 and two thirds innings pitched. Lyles boasts a 3.20 ERA with six “quality” starts in his last seven starting assignments for OKC. Lyles is 3-3 allowed 57 hits with 41 strikeouts and sixteen walks in 59 innings pitched over 10 AAA starts.
The Astros’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year last year, the 6-4, 210-lb righty is scheduled to make his first Major League start at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Tuesday.
Lyles, 20, the Astros’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year last year, will make his Major League debut on Tuesday when he gets the start against the Cubs. He’s 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 starts this year for the RedHawks. Lyles is also scheduled to start June 5 in San Diego. He’ll be the fourth-youngest pitcher to start a game for the Astros.
“As a little kid, I always wanted to play in the Majors,” Lyles told MLB.com. “I never thought I’d pitch in the big leagues at 20 years old, but that will come Tuesday.”
Lyles was scheduled to start Monday for Oklahoma City in Nashville. The Redhawks return home Tuesday night against Round Rock.
“It wasn’t about, ‘Is Jordan ready or not?'” Wade said on the Astros web-site. “We won’t know if he’s ready or not until he gets up here and gets a chance, and even if he comes up here and struggles in two starts, we’re still not going to know if he’s ready or not. We’re not going to judge him in two starts.”
“He’s been pitching well,” Astyros Manager Brad Mills said. “His last outing [Wednesday] was six shutout innings, and he only threw 77 pitches. He’s put some pretty good outings together. Everyone’s excited with the way he threw in Spring Training for us, and we’re exited for him. This will be a good time to see him pitch.”
Lyles, the 38th overall selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, posted a 1.98 ERA in five spring training appearances while competing for the fifth-starter’s job, a job eventually given to Nelson Figueroa.
Info for this article came from MLB Press Box as well as the OKC Redhawks official Press Releases And Web-site.