Houston Astros Acquire Tech Alumnus

Former Arkansas Tech University pitcher Blaine Sims was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2013 Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.

Sims, 24, was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves organization after playing two seasons at Arkansas Tech.

The left-handed Scott, Ark., product was 6-4 with a 5.31 earned run average while helping the Wonder Boys set a new school record for baseball wins in a season (35) in 2010.

Sims appeared in 92 games, pitched 234 innings and made 24 starts during four seasons in the Braves’ minor-league system.

“Blaine Sims was a guy our scout down in Georgia, Will Sharp, saw him come out of the bullpen a couple of times, and he’s a guy who’s had some issues with throwing a knuckleball,” said Houston Astros pro scouting coordinator Kevin Goldstein in a news release from the organization. “He’s been throwing it for a year, and Will saw a Major League-quality moving knuckleball. He’ll just need to learn how to control it more.”

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