Sycamore alum Jeremy Guerrero signed by the Houston Astros

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Indiana baseball stadium Jeremy Guerrero I got a call last week that many felt was going to come a long time ago. The teammate and coach known as “J” signed a contract with the Houston Astros over the weekend and headed to their facility in West Palm Beach, Florida to begin training for the rest of the year.

For Guerrero, it was a hiccup after he received the initial indication that this was a possibility from the Indiana State coaching staff. He worked as an alumni baseball assistant at Sycamores for the 2022 season where he helps with day-to-day matters and assists with the staff.

“It was earlier last week when the coaches called me into the office,” Guerrero said. “They kind of gave me the alert that the Astros were interested. Coach (Brian) Smiley said it could be a week, and it could be a day when they call you and introduce you.”

For Guerrero, it was the next day as the left-handed got the official call that launched a turbulent week that led him to today.

Guerrero admitted: “My first thought was that I was stunned and unable to speak.” “A year later, I didn’t think it would be possible, but I’m excited, anxious, and excited about the opportunity.”

Guerrero left Sycamores after a baseball trip last weekend to Bradley University due to his desire for another trip with the team.

“The Astros offered me a deal to come down to their facility in West Palm Beach to start working out and get back in shape, and he definitely wanted me to be there earlier the better,” Guerrero said. “They understood that I wanted to go on another trip with the guys and I’ll be there later this week to come back.”

He will look to this year’s 2021 Missouri Valley Pitcher and the first five times in All-American history to regain the form that saw him record a 10-1 and 2.08 ERA in a notable big campaign on the hill. Guerrero recorded a 98:14 strike-to-walk ratio during a 99.1 career high as the Metamora, Illinois native, became a bona fide ace and one of the top NCAA shooters during his final season.

He’s gone at least six rounds in each of his last 12 games of the 2022 season and added a pair of full games against Valparaiso and Illinois State to highlight his senior campaign. Eight runs and three hitters with 15 strikes on March 5 put him on the map and sparked six straight starts for quality that included his first group shutdown in Valpo’s hitters. He finished his last collegiate season at the 2021 NCAA Regional as he went 6.0 innings and made a decision against Georgia Tech in Game One in Nashville, Tenn.

Guerrero will find out his fit within the Astros after a short training stint before shipping to where the team sees its best for the remainder of the minor league season.

However, for the ISU alum, it’s time to get back on the heap.

“It is such an honor that the Astros had the opportunity to get back there,” Guerrero said. “It still feels like a dream and in parts of the past week – it definitely didn’t feel real. I’m excited to get back to it and get back to work.”

Guerrero finished his Sycamore career with a 12-4 aggregate record with 26 starts during his five seasons with Blue & White. He clocked 3.49 ERAs over 173.0 innings with 166 strikes and only 39 walks allowed. Competitors scored only 0.224 overall against the lefty with the mark dropping to .182 in his final season at Indiana State.

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