Top Prospects No. 11-20

11. Josh James, RHP

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2019
DOB: 03/08/93

James was drafted in the 34th round of the 2014 draft out of Western Oklahoma State College. The Astros saw something though that influenced them to take him after posting subpar numbers his junior seasons. He has worked his way through the minors improving at each level. Last year in Corpus he posted a 4.38 ERA with 8.5 K/9. So far in 2018, he has seen an uptick in his stuff with his fastball in the high 90s. He has dominated AA and AAA posting a combined 3.13 ERA with 116 K in 74.2 innings.

2018 Stats: 15 G, 3.13 ERA (3.14 FIP), 74.2 IP, 51 H, 26 ER, 34 BB, 116 K

12. Joe Perez, 3B

Current Level: Rookie
ETA: 2021
DOB: 08/12/99

Joe Perez was the Astros 2nd round pick (53rd overall) in 2017. He was highly thought of as a starting pitcher but it was known he would need Tommy John surgery. However, the Astros drafted him as a third baseman. As an hitter, he possesses huge power and is a good enough athlete that he should stay at third. Perez did indeed have surgery right after signing with the Astros but has came back and played in a few games this season.

2018 Stats:  4 G, .364 BA (4-for-11), 3 BB/1 SO, SB

13. Myles Straw, OF

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2018
DOB: 10/17/94

Straw had a breakout prospect in 2016 when he hit .374 in 68 games for Quad Cities (.358 overall). Straw continued his hotting for 2017 hitting .290 with .405 OBP between high-a and AA. He also had 94 BB/79 K in 127 games with 38 SB. Straw is one of the fastest runners in the Astros system and has improved his base stealing as he is 48 of 55 in steals this year in 87 games. He started the season in AA but was promoted to AAA after 65 games. Overall he is hitting .322 with .414 OBP. He is good defensively and should be able to stick in center field with his mix of speed and defense.

2018 Stats: 87 G, .322 BA/.810 OPS, 12 2B, 5 3B, HR, 20 RBI, 48 SB

14. Cristian Javier, RHP

Current Level: A+
ETA: 2020
DOB: 03/26/97

Javier is a bit of an unknown in the Astros system but he has been dominant over his brief career. His first year in the Astros system, 2015, he had a 2.13 ERA in the DSL. In 2016 between the GCL and Greeneville he had a 2.29 ERA. Javier followed that up with a very good 2017 season with a 2.25 ERA and 80 K in 60 innings. His stuff is good but has an advanced pitchability that allows him to dominate at the lower levels. He has been absolutely dominant in 2018 striking out 100 in 72.2 innings with a 1.61 ERA.

2018 Stats: 15 G, 1.61 ERA, 72.2 IP, 40 H, 13 ER, 31 BB, 100 K

15. Riley Ferrell, RHP

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2019
DOB: 10/18/93

Ferrell was a 3rd round selection of the Astros in the 2015 draft out of TCU after dominating there for 3 seasons. Early into his 2016 season, Ferrell had surgery to remove an aneurysm in his throwing shoulder ending his season. Ferrell has a mid to high 90s fastball and a mid 80s slider. Ferrell could see time in Houston this year if he performs well in the minors and a spot opens up. Ferrell started the year slow but really dominated during May and June before being promoted to AAA.

2018 Season Stats: 24 G, 2.70 ERA, 26.2 IP, 20 H, 8 ER, 19 BB, 36 K

16. Garrett Stubbs, C

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2019
DOB: 05/26/93

Stubbs was drafted by the Astros out of USC in 2015. He was known as a great defender but has really made good strides with the bat all the way up to 2017. Stubbs put together a breakout 2016 season which saw him slash .304/.391/.469 with 10 HR, 15 SB in 84 games between A+/AA.  Stubbs had a down 2017 hitting just .232 but has rebounded nicely hitting .337 in 51 AAA games this season.

2018 Stats: 51 G, .337 BA/.880 OPS, 12 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 5 SB

17. J.J. Matijevic, OF

Current Level: A+
ETA: 2020
DOB: 11/14/95

The Astros selected Matijevic 75th overall (2nd round) in the 2017 draft. Matijevic destroyed the Pac12 during his junior season hitting .383 with 30 2B, 10 HR, 65 RBI for the University of Arizona. The only problem was scouts weren’t sure where he would end up in the field with the two options being second base of left field. Matijevic has played primarliy outfield this season and has hit well posting a .907 OPS with 28 XBH in 55 games.

2018 Stats: 55 G, .300 BA/.907 OPS, 14 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR, 25 RBI, 8 SB

18. Jayson Schroeder, RHP

Current Level: Rookie
ETA: 2022
DOB: 11/14/99

Schroeder was the Astros second round pick this year. Schroeder was ranked in the top 100 prospects both by Baseball America (72nd overall ranking) and by MLB.com (98th overall ranking) and has consistently been sitting in the 92-93 mile per hour range on his fastball with good power and sink. Baseball America considers his secondary offerings to be a bit fringe currently, though it is believed that his arm slot and feel for spin (surely an attractive quality from the spin-happy Astros’ perspective) will lend itself well to a power slider as he matures.

2018 Stats: N/A

19. Abraham Toro, 3B

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2020
DOB: 12/20/96

Toro-Hernandez was drafted by the Astros with the 5th round pick in the 2016 draft. Toro made his full season in 2017 and had a 149 wRC+ with 14.0 BB% and 17.8 K%. He started this season in Buies Creek and continued to post solid numbers earning a promotion to AA. Overall he is hitting .265 with 23 2B and 15 HR in 87 games. He is also a switch hitter.

2018 Stats: 87 G, .265 BA/.854 OPS, 23 2B, 15 HR, 65 RBI, 5 SB

20. Framber Valdez, LHP

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2019
DOB: 11/19/93

Valdez was signed by the Astros in March 2015. It didn’t take him long to debut as he tossed 36.2 innings for the DSL Astros that same summer. Valdez is a lefty from the Dominican Republic that gained some traction after his 2016 season and his performance in Spring Training in 2017. In 2017 he had 126 K in 110.1 IP. He has a low to mid 90s 2 seam fastball which helps generate a ton of ground balls. He also has a good curveball and changeup. While the ERA is up this year, he has struck out 85 in 74.1 innings.

2018 Stats: 16 G, 4.60 ERA, 74.1 IP, 77 H, 23 BB, 85 K