Oops! All Astros: Kasey Ford | Daily News Byte

Oops!  All Astros: Kasey Ford

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We examine all 316 players in Houston’s system through the 2022 season.

Kasey Ford is a six-foot-six, 275 lb. right-handed pitcher from Logan, UT. Born January 10, 1998, he signed with the Astros via free agency on July 20, 2021 after coming out of Kansas State University. In five collegiate seasons, he was 13-10 with a 5.41 ERA, a 1.590 WHIP, and 6.9 K/9.

After officially turning professional, Ford spent most of the remainder of 2021 with the Low-A Fayetteville Woodpeckers. He was 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 21 whiffs in 17 frames, along with a 1.412 WHIP. He picks up in 2022 where he left off, returning to Fayetteville.

In his first nine games of the campaign with the Birds, Ford struck out 20 in 15 innings while allowing 10 runs on 10 walks and nine hits. Six of those runs (and five walks) all came on June 1, in a game in which Ford retired just one batter, a 13-9 loss to the Fredericksburg Nationals. Excusing the troubling outing from his early-season stats returns 14 23 innings, four runs 1.023 WHIP, and 20 K’s.

On June 17, Ford made his first High-A appearance with the Asheville Tourists. He walked three and struck out three in two innings, also giving up two hits and two runs in a 13-7 win over the Rome Braves.

Back in Fayetteville after that lone High-A outing, Ford struck out 24 over his next 18 innings, but allowed opponents a .288/.398/.480 slashline in 88 plate appearances. Whatever the case, the Astros brass saw enough for Ford to avoid further work in Low-A, and join the Tourists for the rest of the campaign.

Ford struck out seven and allowed one earned run in 6 1/3 innings to close out his season. On August 28, he struck out three in two scoreless innings, allowing just one single in an 11–2 win over the Winston-Salem Dash.

At 25, Ford showed flashes of something special, but not enough sustained excellence for a big jump. It’s possible he’ll start next season with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, but it’s more likely he’ll start back with the Tourists.

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