Former Greeneville Astros right-handed pitcher, Jose Cisnero, made his Major League debut with the Houston Astros on Monday, April 22 with a strong 3.2 scoreless innings in relief against the Seattle Mariners. He allowed just two hits with one walk and one strikeout.
The 24-year-old Cisnero got called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to the Houston Astros on Monday. Last season, Cisnero went 13-7 with a 3.70 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 28 starts between Oklahoma City and Double-A Corpus Christi.
Last November, Cisnero was added to the Astros 40-man roster for the first time in his career. Heading into the 2013 season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 15 prospect in the Astros organization after being ranked No. 26 entering 2012.
Cisnero, a Dominican native, originally signed with the Astros as an 18-year-old non-drafted free agent in 2007. After one season in the Dominican Summer League, Cisnero joined the Greeneville Astros in 2009.
In 13 starts with Greeneville, Cisnero went 4-2 with a 3.56 ERA. He finished the season with 55.2 innings pitched, 64 strikeouts, 30 walks and held opposing hitters to a .165 batting average.
Cisnero is now the fourteenth Greeneville Astros player, and tenth pitcher, to play Major League Baseball. He has joined outfielders Brandon Barnes, J.D. Martinez and second baseman Jose Altuve as former Greeneville Astros currently on the Houston roster. Cisnero, Altuve and Martinez were all initially teammates on the 2009 Greeneville squad.