SP Scott Feldman signed with the lowly Houston Astros this past offseason and it went completely unnoticed. Feldman had moderate success prior to the deal, but it was somewhat surprising that no contender attempted to persuade the righty. It all worked out in Houston and Feldman’s favor, and now teams that passed on him have to banging their heads on the wall wishing they could have swung some sort of deal.
Feldman has stood out in the Astros’ rotation and despite allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks in a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, his ERA climbed to just 1.69 on the season. Kansas City got two RBIs from Norichika Aoki and Alex Gordon.
This was the only start Feldman has struggled this season. He has bounced around all of MLB, but has continued to make his way by being a consistent and reliable pitcher. His mindset and attitude make him a perfect fit on such a young team.
Feldman will most likely not be a part of the Astros when the prospects make their way up the big leagues, but he can definitely be a tutor to the youngsters. He has always been a hard worker as he has bounced back and forth between being a starter and a reliever. He has taken everything with grace and that has allowed him to get his money.
Feldman will be an important part to the maturation process of the Astros, and whether he will be a member of the team when they are flying high or not, his role right now should not be overlooked.