A few years ago, there was buzz as the Astros were signing prospects from Europe. First was a Dutch shortstop, Jan Baldee and then Italian pitcher Andrea Lucati. Baldee played two seasons of short season ball before being released last year. He hit a combined .078 for two rookie league teams.
Today, Baseball America reported that Lucati voluntarily retired. He pitched three seasons of rookie level ball. He retires with a 5.18 ERA in 48 2/3 IP.
Since these two guys were signed, the Astros have focused much more international resources in Asia and Latin America. Much more proven areas for baseball talent.