HOUSTON -- The Astros received right-hander David Paulino from Detroit as the player to be named in the Jose Veras trade from July. The 19-year-old Dominican is the younger brother of highly-touted Tigers pitching prospect Brenny Paulino.
Like his brother, David Paulino has a big arm, but has had to work through a series of injuries, culminating with Tommy John surgery this summer. Before his latest injury woes, he was off to a solid start in the Rookie level Gulf Coast League, going 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts and striking out 22 batters over 20 innings. He had been hitting 97 mph with his fastball, according to scouting reports.