Astros' Paul OK after Haiti earthquake
Young left-hander was in Dominican with family
HOUSTON -- Dieudone Paul, a 22-year-old left-handed pitcher in the Astros' system who was born in Haiti, was in the Dominican Republic with his family and was unharmed during Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake that crippled the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
Houston assistant general manager Ricky Bennett said coordinator of player development Allen Rowin contacted Paul on Thursday and was informed his family in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti was unharmed. Paul was signed in June and posted a 1.65 ERA for the Dominican Summer League Astros last year.
"He is lucky, obviously, because his family is safe and sound," Bennett said. "It was difficult to find out because of the lack of communication. But the staff located him and he talked with his family and he was fine."
Paul is the only player in the organization born in Haiti.
Commissioner Bud Selig announced on Thursday that MLB has pledged an immediate donation of $1 million to support earthquake relief. The donations are being coordinated through UNICEF, which is aiding victims by providing necessary supplies to assist with recovery efforts, including clean water and sanitation, medical supplies and temporary shelter.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.