Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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The Astros, trying to find a diamond in the rough to put on their diamond at Minute Maid Park, have signed Jack Cust, a lefty hitting outfielderPHDH. Cust has never been a high average hitter and he had his best years with the A's. He is 33 years old and coming off a 2011 season in which he was released by the Mariners and picked up by the Phillies where he lasted only six games. He hit just .213 with a .344 on base percentage and had a .329 slugging percentage in 270 at bats. While in Oakland, Cust fit the stereotype "Moneyball" player. His walk totals were higher than most and he hit with some power. His career on base percentage of .374 is quite high for a .242 career batting average. He hit 33 HR with the A's in 2008 and had a three season string from 2007 through 2009 of 26, 33 and 25 homers. (He also led the AL in strikeouts all three seasons with 164, 197 and 185). He walked over 100 times twice as well. His effectiveness has not been so great in recent seasons, but he come...
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