RP - HOU
Austin Pruitt pitched three scoreless innings on Monday against the Tigers, striking out three while allowing one hit and one walk.
Pruitt has been competing with Josh James for the final spot in Houston's rotation. However, it now looks like both pitchers will get a chance to begin the year in the rotation as Justin Verlander is set to open the season on the injured list.
The Astros acquired Austin Pruitt from the Rays on Thursday night in a three-player trade made to bolster their rotation. Houston sent a pair of Minor Leaguers, right-hander Peyton Battenfield and outfielder Cal Stevenson, to Tampa Bay in the deal.
Pruitt will be competing for a spot in the Astros' 2020 rotation with a group behind Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke and Lance McCullers Jr. That group includes José Urquidy, Brad Peacock, Framber Valdez, Josh James and prospects Forrest Whitley and Cristian Javier. His 2019 season included a 4.40 ERA over 14 games (two starts) for the Rays.
Austin Pruitt gave up four hits while striking out six over 5 1/3 scoreless innings Friday night against the Indians. He didn't factor into the decision.
Pruitt looked good on Friday and now has a 4.78 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with a 33:9 K:BB over 37 2/3 innings this season for Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old righty is worth a speculative add in AL-only formats if owners need pitching.
Austin Pruitt picked up the win as the primary pitcher against the Padres on Monday, giving up one earned run on five hits over four innings, striking out four with no walks in a 10-4 victory for the Rays.
Pruitt is now 2-0 and lowered his ERA from 5.16 to 4.73 with the effort, to go along with a 1.39 WHIP and a 21:8 K:BB across 26 2/3 innings. Pruitt can be left on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues.
Austin Pruitt allowed eight runs (six earned) in 2/3 of an inning against the Orioles on Friday. He gave up six hits and two walks while striking out one. His season ERA was raised to 4.97.
Pruitt was absolutely destroyed by the Orioles. Luckily Pruitt is not fantasy relevant and did not lose any weeks for many fantasy owners. He will continue to see work throughout the year.