LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When former Hudson Hornet Wes Musick was traded to the Houston Astros organization in 2010 he called the move a dream come true. Just two months into the 2012 season Musick has moved up from Single-A to Triple-A Oklahoma City for the Astros and Monday night was his first start for the Redhawks. The left-hander allowed just two runs in six innings and called the outing a success.
"When you go out there you just hope to give your team a chance to win," said Musick. "I was happy to go out there and step up for the team after some injuries had shuffled our pitching staff around."
Musick spoke about the constant support from his family and friends in Hudson, but had a surprising answer when asked what he missed most about Texas after originally being drafted by the Colorado Rockies.
"The heat," said Musick. "I actually missed the humidity and the heat, so the first time I came back and pitched in Corpus, I was sweating through my shirt already just in warm ups."
Musick admitted to being disappointed in learning he would start the year in single-A baseball, but didn't let that break his concentration or determination. The former Hornet has now climbed two levels in the organization and hopes to one day realize his dream of playing in the major leagues.
Keeping a level head and not trying to strike every batter out are just a few of the keys Musick mentioned on why 2012 has been a successful year so far.
"I used to just try to throw it up there as hard as I could and just strike every batter out," said Musick. "But this year I am just making sure I keep the ball down and just throw strikes and it has worked out."
Less than 24 hours after his first Triple-A start the East Texan admitted he was nervous about his first time on the mound for Oklahoma City.
"I was just ready for it to start, because in a weird way it calms me down to be on the mound," said Musick. "I was a little intimidated by all the older guys, but other than that I felt good going out there."
Musick admitted his status at the Triple-A level is day-to-day with the Astros. So far this season Musick has 3 wins, 2 losses and a 2.68 ERA overall.