From Hooks to History: Humble beginnings for rising stars

Chris Devenski, AKA "Devo," spent part of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season as a starting pitcher with the Corpus Christi Hooks. KIII

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - For just the second time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are going to the World Series.

It's a huge moment for the players and their fans, and not just in Houston. There are many Coastal Bend residents who probably feel like they have watched the Astros come of age -- because, in a way, they have.

Nearly half the current Astros lineup came through Corpus Christi to play for the Hooks, their Minor League Double-A affiliate.

Fans have watched players like Carlos Correa and José Altuve swing for the fences right here in Corpus Christi. They've watched ace pitcher Dallas Keuchel take the mound at Whataburger Field just months before taking the mound in the World Series.

3Sports takes a look back at the Houston Astros players who got their humble beginnings right here in the Coastal Bend.

Dallas Keuchel

2010-2011

Dallas Keuchel was never the top prospect that scouts drooled over, but he has always been a bulldog on the mound.

For just the second time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are going to the World Series.

Before growing his signature beard, Keuchel worked his way up the Astros farm system to Corpus Christi for the end of the 2010 season and returned for a large portion of the 2011 season. He received the call-up to the big leagues in 2012 and never looked back.

However, Keuchel did return to Corpus Christi in July this season on a rehab assignment, pitching three shutout innings for the Hooks.

Here's how he fared while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

2010
53.2 innings pitched
2-6 record
4.70 ERA
36 strikeouts

2011
127.2 innings pitched
9-7 record
3.17 ERA
76 strikeouts

Awards
2011 Mid-Season All-Star
2011 Post-Season All-Star

Since being called up to the majors, Keuchel has pitched almost 1,000 innings. For an in-depth look at his stats, click here.

Before growing his signature beard, Keuchel worked his way up the Astros farm system to the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Jose Altuve

2011

José Altuve is the little man that plays the game bigger than most.At 5'5", Altuve is the shortest Hooks' player ever, but he's also perhaps the most prolific, becoming the first player in Major League history to win four straight batting titles.

Jose Altuve may be small in stature, but he plays the game as if he's a giant.

Altuve was promoted straight to the Houston Astros from Corpus Christi along with J.D. Martinez and Jimmy Paredes.

Here's how he fared while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

2011
35 games
.361 AVG, 5 HR, 25 RBI
5-for-5 stolen bases
52 hits in 144 AB

For an in-depth look at his stats with the Houston Astros, click here.

Jose Altuve is the little man that plays the game bigger than most.

Carlos Correa

2015

Carlos Correa was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2015, the year he was called up to the big leagues.

Carlos Correa was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2015, the year he was called up to the big leagues.

That accomplishment likely came as no surprise to the Corpus Christi Hooks organization, or to the fans who got to watch a 19-year-old Correa play a dominant role in the Hooks that year. He quickly became a leader of the team, with 45 hits in 117 at-bats, before he was called up.

Correa was sent back to the Hooks on a rehab assignment in 2017.

Here's how he fared while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

2015
29 games
.385 AVG, 7 HR, 32 RBI
15 steals
45 hits in 117 AB

For an in-depth look at his stats with the Houston Astros, click here.

Carlos Correa was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2015, the year he was called up to the big leagues.

Lance McCullers Jr.

2015

Lance McCullers Jr. has one of the meanest curveballs in baseball, and it shined in Game 7 against the Yankees in the ALCS. He pitched 24 of them back-to-back to end a four-inning save.


Lance McCullers Jr. has one of the meanest curveballs in baseball, and it shined in Game 7 against the Yankees in the ALCS. He pitched 24 of them back-to-back to end a four-inning save.

The son of former Yankees pitcher Lance McCullers Sr. will take the mound in Game 3 of the World Series facing the LA Dodgers.

McCullers put that breaking ball to use for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2015 before being called up to the big leagues. He's returned on rehab assignment twice since then; once in 2016 and again in 2017.

Here's how he fared while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

2015
32 innings pitched
3-1 record
0.56 ERA
48 strikeouts

For an in-depth look at his stats with the Houston Astros, click here.

Lance McCullers, Jr., has one of the meanest curveballs in baseball, and it shined in Game 7 against the Yankees in the ALCS.

George Springer

2012-2013

Astros fans have learned to love the term "Springer Dinger" because of George Springer's powerful swing found at the top of the batting order.


Astros fans have learned to love the term "Springer Dinger" because of George Springer's powerful swing found at the top of the batting order.

Springer's power was on full display in Game 2 of the World Series when he hit the go-ahead, and eventually, game winning home run in the 11th inning; but before becoming a World Series hero, Springer was a Corpus Christi Hook honing his talents as a five-tool prospect.

Springer spent the end of the 2012 season and a large portion of the 2013 with the Hooks. He also had a brief rehab assignment in 2015.

Here's how he fared while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

2012
22 games
.219 AVG, 2 HR, 5 RBI
4 steals
16 hits in 73 AB

2013
73 games
.297 AVG, 19 HR, 55 RBI
23 steals
81 hits in 273 AB

For an in-depth look at his stats with the Houston Astros, click here.

George Springer played for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2012 and 2013.

Alex Bregman

2016

Alex Bregman stepped into the bright lights in Game 4 against the Red Sox with a home run that helped launch the Astros into the ALCS.

Alex Bregman, the number two pick in the 2015 draft, has delivered on the high expectations surrounding him ever since his 2016 season with the Hooks.

It's something he's grown accustomed to, even since his days with the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Bregman, the number two pick in the 2015 draft, has delivered on the high expectations surrounding him ever since his 2016 season with the Hooks.

Here's how he fared while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

2016
62 games
.297 AVG, 14 HR, 46 RBI
5 steals
70 hits in 236 AB

For an in-depth look at his stats with the Houston Astros, click here.

Alex Bregman stepped into the bright lights in Game 4 against the Red Sox with a home run that helped launch the Astros into the ALCS.

Chris Devenski

2014-2015

Chris Devenski, AKA "Devo," spent part of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season as a starting pitcher with the Corpus Christi Hooks.


Chris Devenski, AKA "Devo," spent part of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season as a starting pitcher with the Corpus Christi Hooks.

During that 2015 season with the Hooks, Devenski was named to the Texas League Mid- and Post-season All-Star teams. Now, he's a Major League All-Star as a lockdown late-inning reliever.

Here's how he fared while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

2014
41.1 innings pitched
5-3 record
3.92 ERA
37 strikeouts

2015
119.2 innings pitched
7-4 record
3.01 ERA
104 strikeouts

For an in-depth look at his stats with the Houston Astros, click here.

Chris Devenski, AKA "Devo," spent part of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season as a starting pitcher with the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Derek Fisher

2016

Derek Fisher scored arguably the most important run in Houston Astros history in game 5 of the World Series.

Derek Fisher scored arguably the most important run in Houston Astros history in Game 5 of the World Series.

The game-winning run of Game 5 will likely be remembered for quite some time and it involved two former Corpus Christi Hooks. Alex Bregman drove in Derek Fisher giving the Astros a 3-2 lead in the series.

Fisher showed off his speed and powerful bat in a Hooks uniform for a large portion of the 2016 season and was named a Mid-Season All-Star.

Here's how he fared while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

2016
102 games
.245 AVG, 16 HR, 59 RBI
23 steals
91 hits in 317 AB

For an in-depth look at his stats with the Houston Astros, click here.

Derek Fisher scored arguably the most important run in Houston Astros history in Game 5 of the World Series.

Joe Musgrove

2015-2016

Joe Musgrove made his major league debut in August of 2016 and has now found himself on the mound in the middle of some of the most intense games in the 2017 World Series.

Before taking the mound for the Houston Astros, Musgrove pitched for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2015 and 2016. His 2016 season with the Hooks far overshadowed his performance the year before, with nearly the same amount of strikeouts in just over half the number of innings pitched.

Here's how he fared while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

2015
45 innings pitched
4-0 record
2.20 ERA
33 strikeouts

2016
26.1 innings pitched
2-1 record
0.34 ERA
30 strikeouts

For an in-depth look at his stats with the Houston Astros, click here.

Joe Musgrove made his major league debut in August of 2016 and has now found himself on the mound in the middle of some of the most intense games in the 2017 World Series.

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