SONOMA, Calif. – The Sonoma Stompers are proud to welcome left-handed reliever Cole Watts to the organization to the team. Watts spent two seasons in the Houston Astros organization after being drafted in 2017 and will join the team Wednesday night.

“We’re thrilled to bring in Cole. He’s very talented and I know he can help us win ballgames,” Stompers General Manager Brett Creamer said.” His affiliated experience is a bonus, and we want to open another opportunity for Cole to move up.”

In 21 games between Rookie and Class-A baseball, Watts struck out 46 hitters over 39 innings.

“I learned a lot in trying to soak up as much knowledge as I could,” Watts said. “Unfortunately I got released not too long ago, but the Stompers contacting me was perfect timing. I was super stoked to get out here and I jumped on the opportunity.”

A native of Half Moon Bay, California, Sonoma is Watts’ first stop after affiliated ball. Before being drafted by the Astros, he played at Skyline Junior College in San Bruno, California where he sported a 1.90 ERA in 42.2 innings.

Thee Stompers host the Napa Silverados Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.