Astros announce spring training slate

HOUSTON, TX –The Houston Astros today announced their spring training roster, which includes a full roster of 40 players and 19 unregistered guests. Included on the 40-man list is HRP Justin Verlander, who the club officially signed to a one-year contract for the 2022 season. Verlander’s deal also includes a player option for 2023. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The announcements were made by the general manager of Astros Click James.

The Astros will make Verlander and Click available in person tomorrow when the Astros’ spring training is open to media.

Among the unlisted Astros guests are five pitchers, four receivers, five infielders and five outfielders. Using MLB.com’s prospect rankings, Astros’ top three prospects will be with the club as unregistered guests in C Korey Lee, IF/OF Pedro Leon and Hunter Brown RHP. The full list is attached to this press release.

Verlander, 39, missed the entire 2021 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and made a start for the Astros in the abbreviated 2020 campaign. In his final full season of 2019, the Future Hall of Famer went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA (64ER/223IP) in 34 starts en route to his second career Cy Young award. He led the AL that season in wins, starts, innings pitched, and WHIP (.80), while reaching a career-high 300 strikeouts.

Verlander has posted a 43-15 record in his 74 starts since being acquired by the Astros on Aug. 31, 2017 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Among starting pitchers in that span, he ranks first in the AL in ERA, WHIP, and opponent’s batting average (.183), and second in winning percentage at .741 (min. 70 starts).

For his career, Verlander, who is an eight-time All-Star, leads all active pitchers in wins with a record of 226-129. He also ranks 19th all-time in career strikeouts (3,013).

With the addition of Verlander, the Astros 40-man roster is complete at 40.

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