The 2020 MLB draft was far from normal with the teams only selecting players through five rounds.
The limited number of selections has allowed more flexibility for players that went un-drafted and more opportunities for area scouts to find a hidden gem.
Kyle Gruller is an example of the kind of gem found by a local team.
Gruller, a Cypress Ridge graduate, signed with the Houston Astros today.
Gruller played college baseball at Wharton County Junior College out of high school.
He was 5-6 with a 4.39 ERA in 27 games including two starts over his two seasons with the Pioneers.
Gruller finished his sophomore season at WCJC with a 5-4 record including a 3.70 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 14 games.
He struck 81 and walked 30 over 65 2/3 innings.
Gruller transfered to Houston Baptist University for his final two collegiate seasons. He was lights out for the Huskies.
Gruller was 4-5 with a 2.90 ERA in 16 games at HBU. He was 3-3 with 2.18 ERA and 85 strikeouts along with 39 walks in his lone full season with the Huskies.
The MiLB season is still up in the air at the moment with Major League Baseball still unable to set a major league schedule.
Gruller would likely head to the team’s Class A teams Tri-City ValleyCats, Quad Cities River Bandits or the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.