Top Prospects No. 20-11



20. Garrett Stubbs, C

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

Stubbs has worked his was through the system after being drafted in 2015. He is an athletic catcher with a strong arm. His offensive profile is intriguing too. He has a little pop but doesn’t strikeout at all. He has struck out just 183 times in 333 games. He was recently called up to the Astros to back up Chirinos.

2019 Stats: 29 G, .250 BA/.370 OBP/.440 SLG, 4 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI (AAA)

19. Luis Santana, 2B

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2022
DOB: 07/20/99

The 19 year old infielder was signed by the Mets as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2016 as one of their more expensive signings and traded to Houston this off-season. Santana was ranked among the Mets’ top 30 prospects at the time of the trade. In his short time in pro ball thus far, he has posted the following slash line: .329/426/.465 with a 64BB/52K ratio. He was assigned to AA recently, but it appears to be a temporary assignment.

2019 Stats: 1 G, 0-for-3

18. Ronnie Dawson, OF

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2021
DOB: 05/19/95

Dawson was the Astros 2nd round pick in 2016 and he has all the tools to be a big league player. For him, it’s just putting them together on the field. After a solid season in 2018, he started this year back in AA. It hasn’t gone as expected as he is hitting just .224 with 16 XBH in 42 games. He is 24 years old but a power/speed combo from the left side will keep him around a while.

2019 Stats: 42 G, .224 BA/.319 OBP/.394 SLG, 10 2B, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 6 SB

17. Jeremy Pena, SS

Current Level: A
ETA: 2022
DOB: 09/22/97

I’ll be honest, I didn’t imagine Pena moving up this quickly but his performance can’t be ignored. After being drafted by the Astros in the 3rd round last year, he hit .250 in 36 games. His calling card was his glove at shortstop, but he has hit very well this year. In 44 games he has 4 HR, 28 RBI, 14 SB while hitting .293 with .830 OPS (139 wRC+). This also while the River Bandits were basically forced to be a road team for the first month and a half of the season. Elite defense and this offensive performance has him flying up the list.

2019 Stats: 44 G, .293 BA/.381 OBP/.449 SLG, 6 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 14 SB

16. Joshua Rojas, 2B

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2020
DOB: 06/30/94

Rojas was a 26th round pick by the Astros in 2017, but he hasn’t played like it. He put together a good 2017 season hitting .263 with 38 SB in 130 games. He started back in AA this season and after a slow start, he has really turned things up. He is now hitting .317 with 13 2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI in 43 games. He has the versatility to play all over the infield, which could be very valuable down the line.

2019 Stats: 43 G, .317 BA/.400 OBP/.545 SLG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 13 SB

15. Peter Solomon, RHP

Current Level: A+
ETA: 2021
DOB: 11/14/99

Solomon was another high upside pick in 2017. A guy who had electric stuff but control issues. In 2018 he had a 2.32 ERA with a 2.40 FIP and 114 K in 100.2 innings. He quickly moved up the rankings thanks to this performance. He pitched in two games this year in High-A striking out 14 in 7.2 innings before landing on the 7-day injured list. I haven’t heard an update yet, but hopefully it’s not serious.

2019 Stats: 2 G, 2.35 ERA, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 BB, 14 K

14. Jayson Schroeder, RHP

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

Schroeder is 6’2” and 200 lbs and was drafted by the Astros in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft. Schroeder joined McCullers, Nicely, and Whitley as the only high school arms to be drafted and signed in the top 10 rounds in Luhnow’s tenure as GM. He pitched in 18 innings following the draft but was recently assigned to full-season all with the River Bandits. He has the size and stuff to become a top pitching prospect in the system.

2019 Stats: 1 G, 9.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K

13. Abraham Toro, 3B

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2021
DOB: 12/20/96

Toro was drafted by the Astros in the 5th round of the 2016 draft. He made his full season debut in 2017 and made it up to AA in 2018. Toro has a very strong arm and good power, while being a switch hitter. He has put together a phenomenal season in 2018 hitting .337 with 9 HR, 42 RBI in 46 games for the Hooks (170 wRC+). He has already moved up a bunch but could see his stock sore even higher if he continues this pace.

2019 Stats: 46 G, .337 BA/.434 OBP/.564 SLG, 8 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 42 RBI, 29 BB/35 K

12. Brandon Bielak, RHP

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2019
DOB: 04/02/96

Bielak was drafted out of Notre Dame in the 11th round following a really rough junior season. The Astros were aggressive with his minor league placement and it paid off as he had a 2.23 ERA with a 2.94 FIP across A+/AA last season. Bielak started back in AA this season posting a 3.75 ERA with 33 K in 36 innings. This earned him a promotion to AAA recently. So from an 11th round pick in 2017, to AAA just a couple months into the 2019 season.

2019 Stats: 9 G, 3.86 ERA, 42.0 IP, 35 H, 17 BB, 38 K

11. Tyler Ivey, RHP

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2021
DOB: 05/12/96

Ivey was a high upside selection in the 2017 draft. He initially attended Texas A&M before transferring to Grayson Community College. In 2018, Ivey had a 2.07 ERA with 135 K in 112 innings. He started the year in AA and pitched well early on posting a 0.72 ERA with 9 BB/37 K in 25 innings. Ivey was recently placed on the 7-day injured list. Hopefully its nothing serious as he was having a great year.

2019 Stats: 6 G, 0.72 ERA, 25.0 IP, 12 H, 9 BB, 37 K