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Jack Armstrong | Starting Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 226
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jack Armstrong has retired from professional baseball.
Armstrong, a third-round pick of the Astros in 2011, wasn't able to pull off the conversion from pitcher to position player. He was given a $750,000 signing bonus after a strong career at Vanderbilt. Elbow and shoulder injuries ultimately did him in. Thu, Mar 27, 2014 10:40:00 AM

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The Astros have shifted 2011 third-round pick Jack Armstrong Jr. from pitcher to first base.

The hard-throwing No. 99 overall from 2011, who signed for $750,000 after a great career at Vanderbilt, was forced to position duties due to elbow and shoulder maladies that kept him off the mound for three years. The 24-year-old will now try to beat long odds and resuscitate his career as a hitter. "It's been a lot of work," he said. "The moment I got cleared in September, I started swinging immediately. It's been a good five or six months of hard work. It's good I was a two-way guy in college so I was always swinging. ... It's something I always wanted to do since I loved it so much, and I was pretty good at it, and based on the circumstances because the arm has been through a lot, it's nice to have something to fall back on and to keep playing this game as long as you can."
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 05:26:00 PM