20. Colin Barber, OF
Barber was drafted by the Astros in the 4th round of the 2019 draft as a big overslot guy getting a $1,000,000 bonus. He has a quick bat with plus raw power from the left side. He also has solid speed and arm strength to play all the outfield positions, if he doesn’t stick in center for some reason.
2019 Stats: 14 G, .220 BA/.339 OBP/.360 SLG, 4 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
19. J.J. Matijevic, OF/1B
Matijevic was drafted by the Astros in the 2nd round in 2017. He had a very good 2018 season slashing .277/.350/.538 with 22 HR in 101 games. He started the year in AA and struggled hitting just .240 with 2 HR in 19 games. Unfortunately, he was suspended 50 games for drug abuse violation. He has since came back from the suspension and hit .253 with 7 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI in 25 games since returning.
2019 Stats: 48 G, .255 BA/.311 OBP/.463 SLG, 13 2B, 8 HR, 22 RBI
18. Jairo Solis, RHP
I want to have him higher but he will be recovering from TJS and will miss all of this season. He pitched in Quad Cities last year as an 18 year old and struck out 55 in 50.2 innings. He will only be 20 when he makes his return.
2019 Stats: N/A
17. Peter Solomon, RHP
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
16. Ronnie Dawson, OF
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. Dawson started slow this year but has picked up the power numbers recently as he is up to 18 2B, 17 HR with .770 OPS. He is 24 years old but a power/speed combo from the left side will keep him around a while.
2019 Stats: 83 G, .222 BA/.327 OBP/.443 SLG, 18 2B, 17 HR, 44 RBI, 12 SB
15. Enoli Paredes, RHP
Paredes has been in the system since 2016 and possesses an electric arm. He is smaller in stature but has a mid 90s fastball that can blow guys away. He was very good last year with a 1.43 ERA and 90 K in 69 innings. This year has been more of the same with 111 K in 82 innings and a 2.85 ERA. This includes and impressive 52 K in 38 AA innings. He is electric when he is on. Its just about finding consistency for him now.
2019 Stats: 18 G, 2.85 ERA, 82 IP, 47 H, 36 BB, 111 K
14. Rogelio Armenteros, RHP
Armenteros really broke onto the scene in 2017 when he dominated across AA and AAA posting a 2.04 ERA with 146 K in 123.2 innings. Armenteros spent the entire 2018 season in AAA and struck out 10.2 per 9 innings but had a 3.74 ERA. He has struggled in 2019, like some other pitchers in AAA, posting a 5.80 ERA with 64 K in 59 innings. He did post a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings with the Astros before going back down to AAA.
2019 Stats: 15 G, 5.80 ERA, 59.0 IP, 71 H, 22 BB, 64 K
13. Garrett Stubbs, C
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 got a little time in Houston when Stassi was injured but has since gone back down to AAA.
2019 Stats: 47 G, .241 BA/.345 OBP/.421 SLG, 8 2B, 6 HR, 17 RBI
12. Luis Santana, 2B
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 spent some time in AA hitting .228 before being assigned to Tri-City where he has hit .247 in 27 games.
2019 Stats: 45 G, .239 BA/.321 OBP/.275 SLG, 5 2B, 6 RBI, 11 BB/17 SO
11. Cristian Javier, RHP
Javier has posted great numbers during his minor league career, and has done so with solid but not great stuff. After a 2.70 ERA last year between A/A+, he has made it up to AA this season. Overall in 2019 he has a 1.87 ERA with 123 K in 86.2 innings. While the stuff he possesses isn’t elite, he has consistently put up good numbers thanks to high spin rates and solid breaking balls. If he finishes this way in AA this season, he will continue to rise.
2019 Stats: 20 G, 1.87 ERA, 86.2 IP, 40 H, 46 BB, 123 K, 12.8 K/9