LOCUST GROVE, OK —
Former Locust Grove pitcher and current Houston Astros prospect Adrian Houser will begin his 2014 campaign as a Quad Cities River Bandit.
Quad Cities is the Astros’ Class-A affiliate located in Davenport, Iowa.
“I feel good with where they have me going to start off the season. It’s a step up and a good chance to prove myself even more,” said Houser. “My main goal going into this season is to stay healthy and do what I know I can do and just worry about the things that I can control.”
Houser prepared for the season with current Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley. Bradley, a native of Broken Arrow, was Arizona’s first-round draft pick in 2011, the same year Houser was drafted into the Astros organization. Bradley posted an impressive 1.97 ERA last season in 21 starts for the Diamondbacks’ Class-AA affiliate in Mobile, Ala., but did not make the Diamondbacks’ opening day roster.
“We just pushed each other to get better and stronger and that was a really good thing. I worked really hard and focused a lot on my pitches when I would be throwing my bullpens,” Houser said.
Houser ended his 2013 campaign with Astros Class-A Short-Season affiliate Tri-City. The former Pirate tallied a 3.42 ERA and struck out 39 batters in nine starts last season as the ValleyCats captured the New York-Penn League title.
“I’m definitely going into this season with more confidence and ready to get things going after having a pretty good year last year and winning a title,” Houser said.
The Quad Cities River Bandits open their season April 3 at home and will challenge a Chicago Cubs’ affiliate, the Kane County Cougars, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Audio of all Quad Cities games will be broadcast online at riverbandits.com.