LOCUST GROVE —
Adrian Houser became a local household name after an incredible year.
He began by receiving the honor to play in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Baseball Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Houser, a right-handed pitcher, threw 11 strikes in 19 pitches against the top young talent in the nation.
Houser continued his year in another sport, basketball, where he helped Locust Grove qualify for the state tournament for the first time in school history.
He received Oklahoma Indian All-State honors as a forward.
Houser ended his high school baseball career in the spring of 2011 by leading his team to a state title.
In his final high school season, Houser had a 10-1 record and a .062 ERA. He also threw a two-hit,16-strikeout victory against Cache High School for his last game pitched in the state quarterfinals.
Soon after becoming a state champion and high school graduate, the Houston Astros selected Houser in the second round with the 69th pick of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Houser said getting drafted was an exciting moment in his life.
“Getting drafted was a dream come true,” Houser said. “I’ve been working for it for a long time now. I said when I was five years old I was going to play there (professional baseball), I made it a goal.”
Houser began his professional career in the Gulf Coast League, but progressed to the rookie league later in the season, located in Greenville, Tenn.
He pitched 48 innings with a 4.31 ERA in his first professional season.
The 6’2”, 205-pound pitcher began his second season back in Greenville as a starter. Houser improved his career ERA to 4.19 after his first full season with Greenville.
The local standout is spending his off season trying to improve in order to accomplish his goal as a major league pitcher.
“My goal is to play for at least 15 years in the majors as a starting pitcher, have good years along there, and then to be in the Hall of Fame when I am eligible to be there afterwards,” said Houser. “That would be one of the greatest moments, to be in the Hall of Fame.”
Houser said he wants people to remember him as a great pitcher on the field, but also as a great guy off the field.
“When my name comes up I want people to think ‘there’s a good guy, a great guy in the clubhouse, friendly guy,’” Houser said. “’He was also a great pitcher and was never a bad guy to anyone, always a good guy, helped people out.’ Being remembered as a great pitcher is one thing, but I just want to be Adrian Houser, nothing special.” Houser looks to begin his upcoming season with Houston’s Low A-team in Davenport, Iowa after spring training ends.
More to come on Houser’s progress.