Lance Pendleton might sound a little familiar to you.. why is that?
That's because Pendleton spent most of spring training with the Astros before he was offered back to the New York Yankees. The Astros selected him in the Rule 5 Draft, but they were unable to work out a deal with New York prior to the regular season. Houston claimed him on waivers yesterday, and he will report to the team in Washington for the game against the Nationals this afternoon.
Pendleton pitched in 11 games for the Yankees this year, posting a 3.21 ERA to go along with his 1.43 WHIP. He's very happy to get another chance with the Astros because he's a Houston native. Lance went to Kingwood High School and Rice University before being drafted in 2005 by the Yankees.
Pendleton is thrilled with this opportunity, and he thinks he can make a strong case on the 40-man roster with 11 games remaining this season.
"When they give me the ball, all I know is that I have to go out there and throw strikes. Hopefully, playing for the Astros can become a long-term thing for me. I need to show Ed Wade and the Astros that I'm worthy of that 40-man roster spot. I need to lay down a good foundation. When I'm called upon to pitch, I need to do my best to help them make up their minds."
I'm pleased that the Astros are giving him another shot to succeed at the major league level, and who doesn't like cheering for a local fan favorite?