Looking for answers at the major league level, the Astros turned their attention inward and called up outfielder Hunter Pence late Friday night.
It was only a matter of time for the 24-year-old, who proved his versatility by playing all three outfield positions in the Arizona Fall League, then got off to a .341/.398/.588 start at Triple-A Round Rock in 85 at-bats this season.
In the AFL last season, one scout referred to Pence as “a bigger, stronger version of Eric Byrnes,” for his frame and unconventional approach at the plate. Pence also has big power, hitting a combined 59 home runs over the last two seasons at low Class A Lexington, high Class A Salem and Double-A Corpus Christi.
Pence is expected to see playing time this weekend at home against Milwaukee.
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