In an unprecedented and unexpected move, the Houston Astros signed 11-year-old little league pitcher Jeff Ward to a multi-year contract on Friday, May 17.
Ward, a left-handed starter boasting a 0.83 ERA with seven wins through 12 starts, will begin his major league career much sooner than he or anyone else expected.
“I never saw this coming,” Ward said following his team’s 6-4 win. “This is beyond a dream come true.”
Ward will start his MLB duties immediately, with hopes for the young southpaw to reach Double-A or Triple-A by the end of the summer, with a possible chance for promotion to the majors in late August or early September.
“We’d like to get his feet wet with a little big league action this year if possible,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “The kid can pitch; and trust me, this team needs pitching.”
The Astros continue a three-game road series tonight, May 18, at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, with Houston’s Erik Bedard (0-2, 6.67 ERA) slated to battle A.J. Burnett (3-4, 2.74 ERA) in a 6:05 p.m. CT start.
The Astros are seeking the team’s 12th win of the season.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.
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