The Astros have claimed former Angels left-handed reliever Ashur Tolliver off of waivers.
This signing won't garner much attention or excitement, but is not surprising considering the dearth of left-handed pitchers in the Astros bullpen. Tolliver, a 28-year-old, has only pitched 4.2 innings of Major League relief in his career, giving up three earned runs while striking out five and walking three.
Tolliver has decent MLB strikeout stuff with a 94 MPH fastball and a solid complimentary slider, but has struggled with control over his Minor-League career. He has an impressive career average of 8.36 K/9, but has also walked a somewhat alarming 3.75 batters per nine.
Tolliver, a former University of Arkansas at Little Rock and 5th round pick in 2009, has been the first left-handed bullpen addition the Astros have made this off-season. With Tony Sipp being the only left-handed presence in the bullpen, Luhnow has stated that acquiring left-handed relievers would be an off-season priority for the Astros.
Tolliver will be added to the Astros 40-man roster, and will likely compete with Kevin Chapman and Reymin Guduan for an MLB roster spot.
Bonus video: Tolliver has a pretty nice highlight on his resume.
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