Astros Sign Slugging Mizzou First Baseman Peter Zimmermann as UDFA

The Houston Astros added Peter Zimmermann as an undrafted free agent
The Houston Astros added Peter Zimmermann as an undrafted free agent | Tim Warner/Getty Images

Not only did the Houston Astros lose their first- and second-round picks in the 2020 MLB Draft, but they lost two picks in a draft that was only five rounds long.

Against all the odds, Houston still picked up one of the most promising young sluggers in the college ranks, as they signed former Missouri first baseman Peter Zimmermann as an undrafted free agent.

Zimmermann hit .287 with seven home runs in 2019, and he hit .333 in 16 games during the 2020 season before it was cancelled. A tall first baseman with effortless power, Zimmermann will make his name in the Astros farm system as a middle of the order thumper that could be a perfect fit for a team that plays in a ballpark with a short left field porch.

Zimmermann has already shown that he can hit at Minute Maid Park, as he launched a solo home run at Minute Maid when the Tigers took on Texas.

Zimmermann needs to work on making consistent contact and working the count more given the type of player he profiles as, but the Astros might have added a promising young bopper that could be in the majors within the next few seasons.