Garrett Stubbs to Play with the Astros in Mexico City Against Padres

    Garrett Stubbs
    March 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES – 2015 Johnny Bench Award winner and All-American Garrett Stubbs, the eighth round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 2015 after his senior season, made the Astros roster for two Spring Training exhibition games vs. the San Diego Padres in Mexico City, Mexico on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27.

    Game one of the series is set for 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 26. The second game’s first pitch is set for 11 a.m. PT on Sunday, March 27. Both games will be played at Estadio Fray Nano, a stadium which has a 4,500-seat capacity, but expanded to roughly 8,000 seats for this weekend's series.

    Both games will be streamed for free on MLB.com.

    Stubbs is set to be the team’s starting catcher in the game. He was one of three catchers named to the 28-man roster.

    Stubbs, who ended the 2015 professional season with High A Quad Cities, batted .274 with five RBI, 14 walks and impressively just two strikeouts in 84 at bats. He started his professional career with the Tri City Valley Cats (Short season A ball), where he played 11 games. Overall he has played 36 minor league games, batting .263 with seven RBI, 21 walks and just five strikeouts in 118 at bats.

    The two-game series against the Padres is an effort by Major League Baseball to promote and celebrate the growth of baseball in Mexico.