Astros Acquire More Young Pitching In Trade

The Astros have acquired RHP Matt Heidenreich, LHP Blair Walters and a player to be named later from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for veteran RHP Brett Myers, General Manager Jeff Luhnow has announced. 

Heidenreich (6-5, 185) was  9-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 18 combined starts at Winston-Salem (A) and Birmingham (AA) with two complete games and a shutout. He was a Carolina League mid-season All-Star and earned the league Pitcher of the Week award for the week of June 2nd. The 21-year-old righty, who was the White Sox fourth-round selection in the 2009 draft, has a 25-17 record in four minor league seasons with a 3.87 ERA in 75 appearances (56 starts). He will be assigned to Corpus Christi (AA).

Walters, 22, was 4-6 with a 3.96 ERA in 18 combined starts with Kannapolis (A) and Winston-Salem (A) this season while tallying 93 strikeouts in 97.2 innings with 22 walks. Walters, who was taken in the 11th round of the 2011 draft by the White Sox, has a 13-6 record in his two minor league seasons with a 3.99 ERA in 32 appearances (31 starts) with 165 punchouts in 171.1 innings of work. He will be assigned to Lancaster (A).

“The pitchers we are receiving are talented, young prospects with big league upside,” Luhnow said. “They have had success in their young careers and we’re excited to add them to the mix.”

This season, the 31-year-old Myers was 0-4 with a 3.52 ERA in 35 relief appearances for Houston with 19 saves in 21 chances as he made the transition from starter to reliever. “Brett showed that he was a real team player by going to the bullpen for us and was very successful as our closer,” Luhnow said. “We appreciate everything he has done for us.”


Luhnow also announced today that the Astros have claimed 25-year-old RHP Mark Hamburger off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Hamburger (6-4, 195) will be assigned to Oklahoma City (AAA). At the start of the 2012 season, Hamburger had been in the Rangers organization at Round Rock (AAA) before being claimed by SD and assigned to Tuscon (AAA). He appeared in 26 games in 2012 for the two clubs combined with four starts. 

Hamburger has some Major League experience, appearing in five games in relief for the Rangers in 2011, posting a 1-0 mark with a 4.50 ERA (4ER/8.0IP). He has seen duty as a closer throughout his minor league career and tallied a career-best 21 saves with a 2.20 ERA in 2010 in 50 combined appearances at Bakersfield (A) and Frisco (AA). He has 44 saves in his minor league career.