Minor league lefty Josh Hader came off the field in West Virginia this afternoon to learn that he had been sent to the Houston Astros organization with outfielder L.J. Hoes in the Orioles’ non-waiver trade deadline deal for Bud Norris.
The 19-year-old Hader, who grew up in Millersville and graduated from Old Mill in 2012, said he was shocked to hear he had been traded from his hometown team.
“It’s pretty crazy. I wasn’t expecting it, but it happened,” said Hader, who was 3-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 17 starts this season for Low-A Delmarva. “I mean, it’s kind of [disappointing] not being around home anymore, everything is so close. But this is a business and it happens. It’s a pretty exciting journey I am on now.”
The news was so fresh that he hadn’t yet heard from the Astros when reached by phone and he didn't know know exactly where he’ll be heading to pitch. He just had time to say goodbye to his teammates.
“Pretty much everybody is wishing me good luck and saying, ‘See you later.’” Hader said. “It’s a great group of guys I’ve played with and it’s been a fun time playing for Delmarva and meeting more people.”
Hader was taken in the 19th round of the 2012 draft after being scouted by the Orioles’ Dean Albany. He signed for $40,000, instead of going to Anne Arundel Community College. Under organizational instruction, he began using a three-quarters delivery and he picked up several ticks on his fastball. At 6-foot-3, and a lanky 160, he could hit mid-90s with his fastball. He struck out 79 batters while walking 42 in 85 innings this year.
Now, he’ll be taking his talents to the Astros organization.
“I don’t really know what to think about it,” he said. “I’m sure it will sink in when I am heading to wherever I’m headed.”