The Astros have designated right-hander Dean Deetz for assignment, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com was among those to report. The move makes room for the Astros’ acquisition of fellow righty Austin Pruitt from the Rays.
The 26-year-old Deetz has been with the Astros since they used an 11th-round pick on him in 2014. Deetz had a brief, 3 1/3-inning debut with the Astros in 2018, but he has otherwise spent the past several years in the minors. While Deetz was lights-out at the Triple-A level in 2018, when he posted a meager .79 ERA (with a worse but still-impressive 3.04 FIP) across 34 innings, last season was far more difficult.
Despite striking out 13.5 batters per nine in 2019, Deetz struggled to a horrid 7.15 ERA/7.38 FIP over another 34 frames. He walked almost 10 batters per nine and recorded a whopping 34.8 percent home run-to-fly ball rate in that span.