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Velazquez chooses Astros over 'Dogs

Fresno State junior Derick Velazquez reached an agreement with the Houston Astros last week and will enter their farm system rather than returning to play for the Bulldogs next season.

Velazquez was a seventh-round selection for the Astros after spending much of this season as a relief pitcher for the ‘Dogs.

Over 56 1-3 innings, Velazquez had a 4.79 ERA and struck out 28 while walking 23.

"It's just a relief," Velazquez told "It's just a dream come true. I think when I get on the plane, it will really hit me."

Velazquez will report to Kissimmee, Fla., before heading to Tri-City (Troy, N.Y.) to play in the short season A-level New York-Penn League.

Before becoming a Bulldog, Velazquez, a Los Banos native, played at Merced College for one season and earned a record of 11-0 with a 1.43 ERA. He also earned honors of junior college All-American and the Nor-Cal Player of the Year.

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