The Astros have selected the contract of righty Brandon Bailey, the club announced. He’ll be on the Opening Day roster.
This represents an unlikely outcome for Bailey. He was left unprotected by the ’Stros in the fall, then selected by the Orioles in the Rule 5 draft. The Baltimore organization sent him back to Houston, leaving Bailey without a 40-man spot.
Some pitching absences helped clear the way for Bailey. The 25-year-old had a nice 2019 showing at Double-A, posting a 3.30 ERA in 92 2/3 frames with 10.0 K/9 against 4.0 BB/9.