Lyles making his case for spot in Astros' history

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    "Jordan Lyles could force a tough decision for the Astros in a few weeks, especially if he continues to put zeros on the board.

    Lyles is the 20-year-old right hander who was taken in the supplemental round of the 2008 draft with the pick Houston received as compensation for the Cardinals signing Trever Miller.

    In his first two outings, Lyles has has a sweet line: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER and no extra base hits. Stats aside — and perhaps more importantly — he's shown the same poise and command he has at every level in the minors. In Saturday's three-inning start, he worked around three errors and held a potent St. Louis lineup to an unearned run.

    Whether he makes the team out of spring training or goes to Oklahoma City for more seasoning, the Astros are on the verge or a mile marker, if not a milestone. Not since Todd Jones — the Astros' first supplemental pick back in 1989 — has the team hit it big with a supplemental pick.

    In fact, of 12 overall supplemental picks by the Astros over the years, only three have ever played in the majors. Infielder Russ Johnson and pitcher Brian Williams join Jones as the only Astros' supplemental first rounders to play in the majors. Some of the bigger busts include Mike Rosamond, Mike Nannini and Kendall Rhine."

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