The Houston Astros drafted Hauschild in 2012. He climbed every run of the ladder to get to the big leagues. The road started in the Appalachian League with the Greenville (S.C.) Astros. He then pitched for the Lancaster Jethawks (Calif.), the Quad Cities River Bandits (Iowa), the Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas) and the Fresno Grizzlies (Calif.).
Last season, with Triple-A Fresno, Hauschild was 9-10 with a 3.22 ERA in 24 starts. This spring, with the Rangers, he was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA. He started three games and made five relief appearances, pitching 20 innings.
Hauschild said he’s ready for the big leagues.
“Last year was a big confidence booster,” Hauschild said. “I had a good year the whole year at Triple-A. It was the first time I had been one place for the whole season.”
Hauschild pitched in the Dominican League last winter.
“I think that’s what got me more confidence than anything, going over there and playing in a crazy environment,” Hauschild said. “I don’t speak the language. It was a little bit harder for me, a little bit out of my comfort zone.”
Hauschild’s parents, Doug and Patty, plan to see his debut this in Texas. Asked if his mom will be able to hold it together, he laughed and said he doubts it.
“She gets really stressed out when I pitch,” Hauschild said. “But hopefully it’s not too nerve-wracking. Hopefully, I’ll get a nice easy one-two-three inning under my belt, and maybe I can have some fun from there.”