The Houston Astros signed former Detroit Tiger Mike Hessman to a minor league contract, reports Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle. The minor league contract does not include an invite to the Astros big league camp this spring.
Hessman played for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan last season, posting a less-than-stellar .192/.261/.377.637 line.
The 33-year-old corner infielder spent the majority of his 16-year career down on the farm with the Braves, Tigers and Mets. 140 of Hessman’s impressive 335 Minor League home runs were hit as a Toledo Mud Hen. The fan favorite Hessman played all nine positions in his final game as a Mud Hen. He started at catcher and ended as the pitcher, blowing a save and picking up a loss.
Hessman will forever be a favorite of mine. He was a hard working, blue-collar prospect that was easy to root for. His shot of making the Astros big league club is probably a long shot but I’ll be rooting for him once again this season.
Best of luck to Mike as he continues down his road back to the show.