Astros' Jordan Lyles set to make MLB debut 

May, 29, 2011
The Houston Astros announced on Saturday their plans to purchase the contract of right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles, their top pitching prospect, to pitch Tuesday night at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.


Lyles was the Astros' first-round selection (38th) overall in the June 2008 draft from Hartsville High School in South Carolina. Lyles, 20, was the Astros' minor league pitcher of the year in 2010. He entered major league spring training on a mission, and despite being one of the Astros' best starters all spring with an ERA of 1.98, he was reassigned to the minor leagues. His first three starts in the minors this year were a disaster as he went 0-2 with a 7.07 ERA. He regrouped and went on to pitch 13 scoreless innings, and in the process turned his season. He's currently 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA along with a respectable 1.2 WHIP.