MLB draft: Fresno State's Velazquez, Houston Astros reach deal

The Fresno BeeJune 10, 2014 

Fresno State's Derick Velazquez is passing up his senior season of eligibility to pursue a pro career. Houston made his a seventh-round selection in the 2014 June amateur draft.


Fresno State junior Derick Velazquez chose pro ball over another year in school, agreeing to terms Tuesday with the Houston Astros.

The right-hander spent much of the year pitching in relief for the Bulldogs. In 56 1-3 innings, Velazquez went 3-5 with a 4.79 ERA, striking out out 28 and walking 23.

"It's just a relief," Velazquez told "It's just a dream come true. I think when I get on the plane, it will really hit me."

Velazquez said he was to report to Kissimmee, Fla., before heading to Tri-City (Troy, N.Y.) of the short season A-level New York-Penn League.

Velazquez prepped at Los Banos and then went 11-0 with a 1.43 ERA in one season at Merced College, earning state junior college All-America and NorCal Player of the Year honors.

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