Two Astros Players Go Unclaimed On Waivers; Sent Outright

The Houston Astros have sent outfielder Bligh Madris and first baseman J.J. Matijevic outright to Triple-A Sugar Land.

Both players went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week by the Astros.

Madris was acquired by Houston from the Detroit Tigers in January for cash considerations but failed to earn a spot on the Astros' season-opening roster while hitting .273/.385/.333 in 39 plate appearances during spring training. He struggled during his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, posting a disappointing .177/.244/.509 triple slash line in 113 at-bats.

However, Madris showed promise in the minors in 2022, slashing a strong .297/.366/.876 line with 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, four stolen bases, and 45 runs scored over 296 at-bats.

Matijevic made his MLB debut last year and had a .207 batting average with two home runs in 71 plate appearances. He was a reliable performer in Triple-A last season, slashing .285/.372/.561 with 16 home runs, 54 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, and 46 runs scored across 64 games played.

Despite his success in the minors, Matijevic failed to land a spot on the Astros' season-opening roster and will likely stick around as organizational depth.

Both Madris and Matijevic will join Triple-A Sugar Land as extra organizational depth for the Houston Astros. Photo Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports