Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is the latest in the line of promising young Astros pitchers to make a case for inclusion in next season’s starting rotation. On Wednesday evening, Peacock pieced together another excellent game, his fifth impressive outing in seven starts.
Peacock allowed only one run in six innings, including four strikeouts. The 25 year old from Palm Beach, Fl. has had two very different halves to the 2013 season. Before the All-Star Break, the right-hander’s ERA was hovering above 8.30. He was sent down to the minor leagues for rehab duties and since returning his ERA is around 3.10. Based on last night’s outing, it seems that Peacock has certainly grown up and refined his abilities.
Peacock is part of a three-man subset of young Astros pitchers who have been given a good number of opportunities to start games. Jordan Lyles and Brett Oberholtzer are the other promising youngsters, and all three pitchers are showing that they are on the rise. This is contrary to slumping starters like Lucas Harrell, who also showed great promise as an Astros freshman, but after a disastrous season this year he has been relegated to the bullpen, where he is still struggling.
Peacock was brought in from Washington in the spring, and though he got off to a very shaky start with the Astros, he has shown that he definitely has the repertoire to compete at a high level. It’s unlikely that Houston will be able to hold on to all of its young talent. As they have been improving, a great deal of that is thanks to the starting pitching.
Daniel Jamieson is an MLB writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JamiesonDaniel