Astros prospect Dustin Kellogg killed in auto accident

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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.”