HOULE, DUSTIN

Position: Catcher

DOB: November 9, 1993

Height: 6’1″ / Weight: 205

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (8th round, 2011)

Position: Catcher
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
DOB: November 9th, 1993

Profile: Selected by the Brewers in the eighth round of the 2011 draft out of Brookswood Secondary School in British Columbia, Houle was a high school third baseman who successfully made the conversion to catcher with Milwaukee. He made his pro debut in 2012 with the Brewers AZL affiliate, then saw time at both Helena and Wisconsin in 2013. After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Houle missed all of 2014 before returning to play in 41 games late in 2015. He spent the majority of 2016 with High-A Brevard County, receiving a brief two game bump to Double-A Biloxi. With above average arm strength and accuracy, Houle is fundamentally sound behind the dish, receiving pitches well and getting rid of the ball quickly to control the running game. At the plate, he uses a slightly open stance and shows good patience, though he lacks bat speed and hasn’t shown a whole lot of power to this point in his career. A gritty player who does all of the little things well, Houle earned a spring training invite to join the Brewers in big league camp in 2017.

2012: After signing with the Brewers for a reported $150,000 in 2011, Houle began his professional career with Milwaukee’s affiliate in he AZL a year later. In 47 games with Maryvale, he hit .206 and drove in 19 runs.

2013: Houle opened up the 2013 season in extended spring training and joined Helena when their season began in June. He appeared in 46 Pioneer League contests, batting .250 with a home run and earned a late call-up to Low-A Wisconsin where he saw action in seven more games.

2014: After suffering an arm injury, Houle underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2014 and wound up missing all of the 2014 season as well as a good chunk of 2015.

2015: Finally healthy, Houle returned to game action with the Brewers AZL affiliate in late June, moving up to Helena after nine games and then again moving to High-A Brevard County after seven more. He appeared in 25 games after joining the Manatees and hit an even .300, with five of his 24 hits going fr extra bases.

2016: Houle returned to Brevard County in 2016 and wound up playing in a career high 94 games with the Manatees before moving up to Double-A Biloxi for two more games. He hit .202 with ten doubles, a triple and a home run during his time with Brevard and was named to the Florida State League All-Star team.