A special Astros draft pick spends the day at the ballpark.

LaMothe with Astros manager Brad Mills

Buddy Lamothe posted a 0.86 ERA and struck out 27 batters in 21 innings last season as a top reliever on the San Jacinto Junior College pitching staff.

But last month, his promising baseball future came to a terrible end when he was severely injured in a swimming accident. While floating the San Marcos River, Buddy dove in to retrieve his sunglasses in the water and hit his head. The accident has left him paralyzed.

Prior to the accident, Astros scout Rusty Pendergrass already had his eye on Buddy, and following the injury, the Astros made a symbolic gesture and drafted him in the 40th round of the First-Year Player Draft in June. On Monday, Lamothe was the special guest of the Astros, who hosted Buddy, his teammates and his family during batting practice and invited Buddy to participate in the first pitch ceremony.

Lamothe is currently involved in inpatient rehab at a Houston-area medical center and he hopes to someday play baseball again. Meanwhile, his family is accepting donations at this web site: http://www.wix.com/donate4buddy/buddylamothe.

Lamothe with Hunter Pence

Lamothe and family watch batting practice

Lamothe's San Jac teammate, Tyler Wright, escorted Lamothe to the mound and threw the pitch to Wesley Wright.

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2 Comments

This is a really, really sad story, but obviously a nice gesture by the team.

We all need to pray for a complete recovery for him!

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