Astros Future Player of the Week: Drew Ferguson
It’s finally time to shake off the rust, fire up the old computer, deliberate back and forth with myself and choose the very first Astros Future Player of the Week. Since we are already 10+ games into this thing, there is a large enough sample to make a well educated decision. Since I don’t have those tools to work with I will just do what I’ve always done. Close my eyes and point to a name. Obviously that isn’t how this works and plenty of time is spent looking over the numbers. With that said, Drew Ferguson of the Fresno Grizzlies is the first Astros Future Player of the week in 2018.
Heading into action Saturday night, the Grizzlies were 6-3 and are sitting on top of the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern Division by two games over the Reno Aces. They are currently in the second game of a four game series with each other that concludes on Monday. After starting the 2018 season a bit slow, the Grizzlies seem to be hitting their stride. Ferguson was just one of several Fresno players to impress in the early going of this campaign. So far on the season Drew is 12-for-29 (.414) with four doubles, a triple, and six runs driven in. As of yet he hasn’t hit a home run, but power hasn’t been the strongest part of his game yet as a professional. He has hit in seven of the first eight games he’s appeared in and has also walked seven times.
Ferguson was selected in the 19th round of the 2015 draft by the Astros. To this point he has spent time at every level (except rookie) in the team’s organization during his time as a pro. He made it all the way to Triple-A last season in August with minimal success. You kind of knew it was only a matter of time until he started figuring things out at the highest minor league level. Certainly it is early, but it is very promising so far with the things he’s doing. Drew has spent time this season playing both left field and center field with center being the go to position.
So with all of that being said, congratulations to Drew Ferguson on picking up the first weekly honor of 2018 as Astros Future Player of the week.
It literally came down to the last minute here as one of Ferguson’s teammates was certainly under consideration. Tyler White was having himself a week to start the season with Fresno as well. The 27-year old infielder went 12-for-34 with two bombs and six driven in. Another Grizzly player that was deep in the discussion for the award was Jack Mayfield. Mayfield’s batting average was a bit lower, but he was tied for first in home runs (3) and leads the team in RBI (11).
Former PotW Yordan Alvarez is off to a fine start with the Hooks. He’s leading the team in RBI with seven and has added a home run as well. Alvarez is currently batting .310 and has appeared in eight games so far this season (prior to Saturday night). Corpus Christi is limping out of the gates a little, but there is too much talent for that to continue. Pitcher Josh James is mowing down hitters in the Texas League so far. James has recorded 16 strikeouts in eight innings and has only allowed four hits.
Even though they had to postpone a couple of games, Brandon Bielak has pitched to a 1-1 record with a 2.16 ERA for the Buies Creek Astros. He has 14 strikeouts in his back pocket in 8.1 innings. The 22-year old is in his second professional season and is already showing plenty of promise. Quad Cities has also lost a couple of games due to weather, but Tyler Ivey has struck out 16 in nine innings. Pitching has seemed to be more of a weaker point for the Houston Astros, but there are plenty in the system that could turn some heads if they continue to pitch the way they’ve started.
**Photo Credit: Tammy Tucker**