Houston Astros: Rogelio Armenteros is looking to change his narrative

Houston Astros pitcher Rogelio Armenteros (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Houston Astros pitcher Rogelio Armenteros (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

The Houston Astros have called up top prospect Rogelio Armenteros from the minors to help with some tired arms. He’ll be looking to change his narrative.

Houston Astros fans — we’re midway through June and it’s that time of the year where there a bunch of prospects called up to help with depth issues on rosters.  Every win is important to this team but this is about the time when you’d want to start coasting into the All-Star break, especially when you have a 9.5-game lead in the AL West like the Houston Astros do.

But you know what?  That won’t happen with this team as they’ll never settle or complacent in terms of where they’re at.  They always feel that they can prove and they want to win every damn game that they’re competing in.

That’s the mindset of a champion and I certainly wish the rest of our sports franchises here in H-Town get that memo.  Winning is a business and if you’re good at it, it will continue to flourish as has this franchise done since securing the World Series championship back in 2017.

It’s absolutely amazing that this team is still winning games despite not having Jose Altuve, George Springer or Carlos Correa in the lineup.  It goes to show just how potent this team is going to be when the postseason rolls around because barring any unforeseen circumstances, they’ll be right back in the thick of things with the big dogs to compete for their second World Series championship in franchise history.

But enough of me gushing about the Houston Astros‘ greatness, let’s talk about an interesting move this team made yesterday.

As per numerous reports, the Houston Astros have called up top right-handed pitching prospect Rogelio Armenteros from Triple-A Round Rock.  The team’s bullpen has been taxed over the past few days and an additional arm should right the ship back to where it needs to be.

In a corresponding move, the team sent outfielder Derek Fisher back down to Triple-A.

What’s there to say about Armenteros?  He hasn’t been hot as of late but it’s nothing like a call-up that could energize his psyche to new levels of heights.

The 24-year-old hurler hails from Cuba and was signed by the organization back in 2014 as an

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international free agent.  He got his start with the Class A Short Season Tri-City Valley Cats — I’ve visited their packed and energetic ballpark by the way in Troy, N.Y. — and has worked his way up the ranks over the years with some impressive stops in Double-A Corpus Christi but has leveled off a bit this season in Triple-A after a monumental upward rise.

According to MLB Pipeline, Armenteros is ranked 22nd among the Houston Astros top 30 prospects so his value still remains tremendous despite his recent struggles.

His four-seam fastball is his best weapon and can get that baby up in the low 90s coupled with a change-up that sits around the mid-80s.  If he ultimately is the one that answers the call to pen tonight, he certainly will have an opportunity to showcase his stuff to an even broader audience.

Armenteros is ready to change his narrative and demonstrate the reasoning as to why the Houston Astros took a flyer back on him some five years ago.

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It’s his time and I’m anxious to see how this pans out.

Armenteros has posted a 3-4 record, a 5.00 ERA and 1.47 WHIP while tossing 49 strikeouts.  He has allowed 25 earned runs through 45.0 innings pitched in 10 starts with the Express this season.