PAPILLION, Nebraska - The Houston Astros have recalled Round Rock Express LHP Cionel Pérez, C Garrett Stubbs and OF Kyle Tucker as MLB rosters expanded from 25 to 40 active players this weekend. All three are expected to be in uniform as the Astros open a two-game series against the
PAPILLION, Nebraska - The Houston Astros have recalled Round Rock Express LHP Cionel Pérez, C Garrett Stubbs and OF Kyle Tucker as MLB rosters expanded from 25 to 40 active players this weekend. All three are expected to be in uniform as the Astros open a two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday afternoon at Miller Park. In a corresponding roster move, OF Stephen Wrenn has been promoted to Round Rock from the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.
Tucker is set to make his season debut with Houston after a historic 2019 campaign in Round Rock. The top prospect in the Astros organization set new career highs in a variety of offensive categories, including home runs (34), RBI (97), total bases (257), runs scored (92), walks (60) and games played (125). He finished his Triple-A season with a .266 batting average after collecting 123 hits, including 26 doubles and three triples, in 463 at-bats with the Express.
On Saturday, August 24, Tucker recorded his 30th stolen base of the season, becoming just the fifth player in the 116-year history of the Pacific Coast League to record a 30-30 season, joining Joc Pederson (2014), Frank Demaree (1934), Lefty O'Doul (1927) and Tony Lazzeri (1925).
Tucker racked up the accolades with the Express, being named both a mid-season and post-season Pacific Coast League All-Star, becoming just the fourth player in Round Rock franchise history to accomplish that feat. He earned PCL Player of the Month Honors for May and was named the Houston Astros Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America.
The Tampa, Florida native was originally drafted fifth overall by Houston in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft. The 22-year-old made his major league debut a year ago after parts of just four seasons within the club's farm system. He is currently ranked as the top prospect in the Astros organization, and the #13 prospect in baseball, by MLB.com.
Stubbs is set to make his third trip to Houston this season after stints with the club from May 26-June 21 and August 2-8. He was originally recalled on his 26th birthday before making his major league debut two days later on May 28. In nine total games with the Astros this season, the backstop is hitting .160 (4-25) with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.
He served as Round Rock's everyday catcher, appearing in 54 games behind the plate with the E-Train. A defensive wizard, Stubbs committed just one error in 507 total chances this season for a sky-high .998 fielding percentage. In addition to his 54 games at catcher, Stubbs also made his first career appearances at second base and left field.
The San Diego native hit .240 (49-204) with 11 doubles, seven homers and 23 RBI during his time with the Express. He tallied nine multiple-hit performances and five multiple-RBI outings, including a pair of three RBI games earlier this season. Stubbs was originally selected by the Astros in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB Draft and is currently tabbed as the #15 prospect in the Houston organization by MLB.com.
Pérez is on his way back to H-Town for the second time this season. He was recalled on June 7 and pitched in three games with the Astros before being optioned back to the Express on June 19. During his time with the big league club, Pérez went 1-1 with an 11.25 ERA (10 ER/8.0 IP) while collecting five strikeouts.
The lefty starter was solid in 13 games, including 10 starts, for the E-Train in 2019, finishing 2-1 with a 5.36 ERA (28 ER/47.0 IP). Pérez struck out 43 opponents to 24 walks.
After signing with the Astros as a non-drafted free agent out of his hometown of Havana, Cuba on December 9, 2016, Pérez needed less than two full seasons to make his major league debut. He was first called up by Houston on September 1, 2018, where he pitched in eight games with the club, posting no record with a 3.97 ERA (5 ER/11.1 IP) while holding opponents to a .158 batting average.
Finally, Wrenn is returning to Round Rock for the second time this season. He previously appeared in two games with the team from May 3-6, hitting .375 (3-8) with a triple and a run scored. In 102 games with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks this season, Wrenn hit .247 (94-380) with 22 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs and 44 RBI. He also worked 44 walks and was successful in 24 of his 29 steal attempts on the year.
He ranked third in the Texas League in triples and sixth in steals at the time of his promotion back to Round Rock. He ranked second among his Hooks teammates in batting average (.247), on-base percentage (.336), slugging percentage (.411) and OPS (.747). He also tied for the team lead in doubles and triples. The Marietta, Georgia native was originally drafted by the Astros in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
The Express close out the 2019 regular season with a Monday afternoon matinee against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals affiliate). E-Train RHP Brendan McCurry (3-4, 3.98) is set to get the starting nod up against Storm Chasers RHP Ofreidy Gomez (0-3, 9.64). First pitch at Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.
After winning the American Southern Division Championship, the Round Rock Express return home to open the 2019 PCL Playoffs against the American Northern Division Champion Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs affiliate) on Wednesday night. First pitch in Game One of the American Conference Championship Series at Dell Diamond is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at RRExpress.com/Playoffs.
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