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Thurman a millionaire

Former UCI pitcher signs lucrative deal with Houston Astros on Monday.

June 18, 2013

Former UC Irvine pitcher Andrew Thurman signed with the Houston Astros organization Monday, earning the signing bonus slotted for the No. 40 overall pick of nearly $1.4 million.

Thurman, selected in the second round by the Astros in last week's Major League Baseball First-Year-Player Draft, was given the big-league treatment on Monday at Minute Maid Park. He dressed in uniform and experienced pregame warmup with the Astros in the outfield.

A "dream come true," Thurman told MLB.com of the experience. "Hopefully, I'll get to warm up in this place for real pretty quick."

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Thurman was 6-4 with a 3.23 earned-run average as a junior Friday night starter for the Anteaters in 2013. He was 18-10 in three seasons at UCI, including a no-hitter against Long Beach State in 2012.

— From staff reports

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