Position: Pitcher

DOB: February 2, 1993

Height: 6’4″ / Weight: 235

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Houston (July 30, 2015)


Profile: Traded to Milwaukee from Houston along with pitcher Josh Hader and outfielders Domingo Santana and Brett Phillips in the 2015 deadline deal that sent outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers to the Astros, Houser was originally selected in the second round by Houston in the 2011 draft. After the Astros signed his away from an offer to Oklahoma for $530,000, Houser saw action with two different rookie league affiliates in 2011. He worked his way slowly through the Astros system, climbing a level per season until 2015 when he saw action with four different ballclubs, including a September call-up to join the Brewers. He began the 2016 season back at Double-A Biloxi but his season was cut short when it was revealed in July that he had a torn UCL, forcing him to go under the knife for Tommy John surgery. With a mid-90’s fastball that he can cut and sink, Houser throws a variety of pitches, including a slider, curveball and changeup. With a big, strong body and a repeatable delivery, Houser uses the whole plate and can be an innings eater when healthy, having shown an ability to work deep into games.

2011: After signing with the Astros following the draft, Houser made his pro debut with Houston’s Gulf Coast League affiliate, appearing in six games and starting five. He put up a 4.03 ERA in 22.1 innings before being promoted to Greeneville in the Appalachian League, then made six more starts there to finish out the year.

2012: Houser returned to Greeneville for the 2012 season and made 11 starts, going 3-4 with a 4.19 earned run average. He struck out 54 batters over 58 innings of work while posting a WHIP of 1.31.

2013: The Astros continued to take their time with Houser’s development, starting him back in extended spring training before sending him to short-season Tri-Ctiy in the New York-Penn League. He made 14 appearances there, starting nine games, going 0-4 with a 3.42 ERA.

2014: Houser got his first crack at full-season ball in 2014 when he moved up to Low-A Quad Cities in the Midwest League. He took the mound 25 times for the River Bandits, starting 17 games and went 5-6 with a 4.14 ERA.

2015: After moving up to High-A Lancaster in 2015, Houser finally got on the fast track towards the big leagues as he appeared in 12 games for the JetHawks before getting a bump to Double-A Corpus Christi. He appeared in seven more games there before being traded to Milwaukee, then joined the Brewers Double-A team in Biloxi following the trade. He made seven starts for the Shuckers, going 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA and opened enough eyes to earn a September call-up to Milwaukee, logging a pair of late season relief appearances.

2016: The Brewers chose to send Houser back to Biloxi to start the 2016 season, but he struggled in 13 starts there, going 3-7 with a 5.25 before being diagnosed with a torn UCL. He underwent Tommy John surgery in July, ending his season.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#50)
2016 (#17)