July 30, 2013
HOUSTON - With the trade of former closer Jose Veras to the Detroit Tigers, the Houston Astros added former Tulane pitcher Josh Zeid to their roster, announced the club late Monday evening.
Zeid will make his major league debut with the club at some point this week. His promotion marks the third time a former Green Wave player will make his major league debut this season, as Josh Prince (Milwaukee Brewers) and Preston Claiborne (New York Yankees) have already done so this season.
With the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks this year, Zeid was 4-1 with 13 saves and a 3.50 ERA in 43 appearances. He fanned 53 while walking 27, giving him a strikeout per nine inning ratio of 10.92.
In his two years at Tulane after transferring from Vanderbilt, the Hamden, Conn., native posted a 6-1 record with a 4.29 ERA in 27 apperances with 14 starts.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft, Zeid was sent to Houston in a trade that netted All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence for the Phillies in 2011. He was predominately used as a starter in the Phillies organization with the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Lakewood Blue Claws and the Reading Phillies.
Zeid becomes the 29th Green Wave player to play at the major league level. Along with Prince and Claiborne, Zeid will join Aaron Loup (Toronto Blue Jays), Brandon Gomes (Tampa Bay Rays) and Brian Bogusevic (Chicago Cubs) as former Greenies to play in the majors this season.