Houston needed to make a roster move before the game after claiming Steve Pearce off waivers from Baltimore, giving Houston 26 players on the active 25-man roster. The move comes a day after Houston sent a pair of relievers outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for reliever Chuckie Fick and called up starting pitcher Armando Galarraga.
The Astros were 32-45 on June 29 when the first Carlos Lee trade rumors broke regarding the ultimately failed deal with the Dodgers. Since that time, Houston has gone 2-23, including the current 12-game losing streak.
The offense in particular has struggled, scoring just 2.8 runs per game in July. As a team, Houston has hit .222/.290/.335 this month with 15 home runs and 68 runs scored. Only Carlos Lee and Carlos Corporan had higher batting averages than Johnson’s this month.
Borchering, 21, was drafted in the first round in 2009 by the Diamondbacks out of high school. He was rated as the best power hitting prospect in Arizona’s system by Baseball America this year, and was the top-rated high school power bat in the 2009 draft according to the same publication.
This season, Borchering has split time between High A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. He’s hit a combined .247/.310/.469 this season between the two levels, with a combined 20 home runs, 23 doubles and 68 RBIs. In four minor league seasons, he’s hit 61 total home runs and has topped 20 in each of the past two years.