Samuel Gervacio is a professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic who plays as a pitcher. The Houston Astros signed Gervacio as a free agent in 2002 but it wasn’t until 2005 that Gervacio began playing in the minors. He began in the rookie league with the Greenville Astros and then moved up to the Lexington Legends in the A-Division after posting a 2.67 ERA and a 3-2 record. Gervacio led the team in games saved, with 8, and was tied for second spot on the team with his 53 strikeouts. His performance with the Legends was limited to a relief pitcher’s role and Gervacio picked up one win at an ERA of 0.96.
He began 2006 at Lexington again, this time playing out the entire season with a 7-5 record and a 2.47 ERA. Gervacio again led the team in games pitched in, with 47, and saves, with 10. In 2007, he was promoted to the Salem Avalanche in the Advanced A-League and made team-leading 18 saves in the season although ending with a 1-3 record and a 2.44 ERA. In August that season, he was sent up to the Corpus Christi Hooks to play in the AA-League and went 3-2 with a 1.99 ERA.
Gervacio’s rapid rise through the Astros’ organization reached the peak when he was called up to the MLB roster in November 2007. However, it was widely believed that the move was mainly to prevent the Astros from losing him to a Rule 5 Draft option as he was one of the brightest talents in the organization. In 2008, Gervacio was designated for assignment to the Round Rock Express in the AAA-League where he stayed until his call-up again, in July of 2009, to the Astros’ roster.