Who is the Astros’ MiLB Offensive Player of 2018?
2018 was another great season in the Astros minor league system. They had great performances up and down the system. Here is your chance to vote for the offensive player of the year for 2018.
Kyle Tucker, OF
Tucker has been one of the best prospects in the Astros system since he was drafted #5 overall in 2015. He continued to shine in 2018 playing in AAA for the first time. Tucker played in 100 minor league games and hit .332 with 24 HR, 93 RBI, 20 SB, good for a 155 wRC+. He was promoted to Houston but only had 64 at bats. A great season from the Astros top hitting prospect.
2018 Stats: 100 G, .332 BA/.400 OBP/.590 SLG, 27 2B, 24 HR, 93 RBI, 20 SB, 155 wRC+
Yordan Alvarez, OF
Alvarez had an interesting season. He started the season in AA, and started off well hitting .299 with 6 HR, 26 RBI in 27 games before going down with an injury. That injury kept him out a little over a month, but he came back swinging it well. He hit .371 with 6 HR, 20 RBI over 16 AA games before promoting to AAA. He played 45 AAA games and had a .801 OPS with 8 HR. Overall he had a .904 OPS with 20 HR in 88 games.
2018 Stats: 88 G, .293 BA/.369 OBP/.534 SLG, 21 2B, 20 HR, 74 RBI, 139 wRC+
J.J. Matijevic, OF
Matijevic was a 2nd round pick of the Astros in 2017. He struggled a little following the draft but put together a really good 2018 season. He started with Quad Cities and hit .354 in 13 games with 9 XBHs before being promoted to Buies Creek. With Buies Creek he had a .849 OPS and 19 HR in 88 games. Overall he had a 147 wRC+ with 26 2B and 22 HR.
2018 Stats: 101 G, .277 BA/.350 OBP/.538 SLG, 26 2B, 22 HR, 62 RBI, 13 SB, 147 wRC+
Straw built off of great 2016 and 2017 seasons in 2018. He started the season in Corpus Christi and hit .327 with 35 SB in 65 games. He was promoted to AAA and hit .257 with 35 SB in 66 games. Overall he hit .291 with 70 SB in 131 games before earning a promotion to Houston. He showed enough in his 9 MLB games that the Astros included him on the playoff roster.
2018 Stats: 131 G, .291 BA/.381 OBP/.353 SLG, 17 2B, 6 3B, 1 HR, 31 RBI, 70 SB, 73 BB, 105 wRC+
J.D. Davis, 3B
Davis has hit every year at every level, and 2018 was no different. He destroyed AAA hitting .342 with 25 2B, 17 HR, 81 RBI in 85 games. He had a .988 OPS and 156 wRC+ before spending some time in Houston.
2018 Stats: 85 G, .342 BA/.406 OBP/.583 SLG, 25 2B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 156 wRC+
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