18-year-old Dustin Kellogg, a 34th-round pick of the Astros in the 2011 draft, was killed late Monday in a collision outside Houston, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported.
Kellogg, driving a pickup truck, was killed in his hometown of Conroe when he collided head-on with a Wal-Mart 18-wheeler. The DPS said the freight truck driver was not injured in the crash. Kellogg was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He was a promising young right-hander who made it definitely known he wanted to go out and pitch for his hometown team,” Astros assistant GM Bobby Heck said Tuesday.
Kellogg was 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 6 1/3 innings for the GCL Astros in his pro debut.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Dustin’s passing,” GM Ed Wade said. “Although he had only been an Astros player for a short time, we share the pain of his family. Our prayers go out to Dustin’s loved ones.”
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)