Astros nab Hawaii native with 32nd-round choice

Astros nab Hawaii native with 32nd-round choice

The Astros' pick in the 32nd round of the First-Year Player Draft had a Hawaiian twist to it.

Houston selected right-hander Robert Kahana a 6-foot, 211-pound junior from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, with pick No. 946. Yet, Kahana didn't stay on the islands to play college ball. In fact, he wasn't even close.

Kahana went to the University of Kansas to pitch for the Jayhawks, who were picked to finish last in the Big 12 this season. Instead, Kahana helped lead a surprise year for the Jayhawks, as they finished third in the conference and made the NCAA Tournament.

As a weekend starter for KU, Kahana threw 85 2/3 innings and had an ERA of 3.36.

Scott Feldman and Jerome Williams, both natives of Hawaii, are currently on the Astros' Major League roster.

Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.