University of California-Irvine pitcher Andrew Thurman, the second-round pick of the Houston Astros in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, told FOX 26 Sports he has reached a contract agreement with the team.
"I'm flying to Houston Sunday morning, doing the physical," Thurman said. "Monday I'm going to the field (Minute Maid Park), signing the contract and doing the press conference.
"Tuesday I'm flying out to New York to go play."
Thurman said he will join the Astros short-season Class A farm club, the Tri-City ValleyCats, in Troy, N.Y.
Thurman said he is thrilled to have reached a deal with the Astros.
"It's very exciting," Thurman said. "I feel very blessed to have this opportunity and I'm going to try to make the most of it."
Thurman went on to say when his advisors told him he had a deal with the Astros he said it was a terrific moment.
"It was a surreal feeling," Thurman said. 'It was a great time. I was with my parents and my friends.
"It was pretty exciting."
Thurman is looking forward to signing the contract at the home park of the Astros.
"It will be one of the happiest moments of my life," Thurman said.
In 2013 Thurman was 6-4, with a 3.23 ERA in 100.1 innings for UC/Irivine.
He was ranked as the No. 27 overall prospect and the 11th best right-handed pitcher in the 2013 MLB Draft by ESPN.com.
"We're excited to bring Andrew on board," said Mike Elias, Astros scouting director. "We expect this thing to happen at some point soon, but he has not signed anything yet.
"We're very optimistic we'll have Andrew in an Astros uniform very soon."