The Obit For Dustin Kellogg

Prospect Kellogg dies in auto accident

By Brian McTaggart /
10/04/11 4:45 PM ET

HOUSTON -- The Astros are mourning the death of Minor League pitcher Dustin Kellogg, a Houston-area product who was killed in a traffic accident early Tuesday in Porter, Texas, when the truck he was driving was struck head-on by an 18-wheeler.

"It's extremely tragic news," Astros assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck said. "Not even from an Astros standpoint, but just from a young person starting his life and starting his career, whether it's baseball or anything else."

In a statement released by the club, general manager Ed Wade said: "We are deeply saddened by the news of Dustin's passing. Although he had only been an Astros player for a short time, we share the pain of his family. Our prayers go out to Dustin's loved ones."

Dustin Kellogg was selected in the 34th round of this year's First-Year Player Draft out of Caney Creek (Texas) High School. (Astros)
Kellogg's vehicle was hit around 1 a.m. CT on Tuesday, according a Texas Department of Public Safety report. The Astros selected Kellogg, 18, in the 34th round of this year's First-Year Player Draft out of Caney Creek (Texas) High School in Conroe, which is near Porter and about 45 miles north of Houston.

"He [was] a good kid -- full of life, with lots of athletic ability and a baseball future ahead of him," said former Astros scout Rusty Pendergrass, who signed Kellogg.

The Astros invited Kellogg to their pre-Draft workout, and monitored him throughout the summer before signing him and sending him to the Gulf Coast League in Kissimmee, Fla. Kellogg appeared in six games for the Astros' Gulf Coast League club, posting a 1-1 record with a 4.26 ERA and nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings pitched.

"We send our condolences to Dustin's family, friends, coaches and teammates," Heck said in the team's statement. "This is a very sad day for all of us. Dustin was a Texas kid, and he made his intentions very clear at our pre-Draft workout that he wanted to pitch for his hometown Houston Astros.

"We were very happy to make his dream come true when we signed him in July, after [baseball operations assistant] Mike Burns and Rusty Pendergrass had continued to evaluate him while pitching for his summer team. He was a great kid with high energy and a lot of confidence, and performed well for us after signing. This is a huge loss for everyone that knew him."