Top Prospects No. 30-21

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30. Carson LaRue, RHP

Current Level: A+
ETA: 2020
DOB: 03/06/96

LaRue was drafted by the Astros in the 14th round out of Cowley County Community College in 2016. LaRue possesses a low-90s fastball with a very good slider. In 2017 he started the season with Quad Cities where he went 12-4 with a 2.86 ERA allowing just 76 hits in 100.2 innings. He pitched in 4 games for Buies Creek (High-A) to finish the season. LaRue is younger than the typical college draftee and could be a breakout candidate in 2018.

2017 Stats: 12-7, 3.23 ERA, 120.0 IP, 106 H, 43 ER, 30 BB, 105 K, 7.9 K/9

29. 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. So far this season he has a 2.25 ERA with 80 K in 60 IP. His stuff is very good but has an advanced pitchability that allows him to dominate at the lower levels. Next year will be a big test for him as him moved to High-A and Double-A.

2017 Stats: 3-0, 2.25 ERA, 60 IP, 38 H, 27 BB, 80 K, 12.0 K/9

28. Brett Adcock, LHP

Current Level: A+
ETA: 2019
DOB: 08/28/95

Adcock was the Astros 4th round selection in 2016 but only pitched 4.1 innings that year due to an injury. He had solid numbers in college striking out 256 in 222 innings, though the walks were high. He started the season dominant in Quad Cities posting a 1.14 ERA with 7 BB/37 K in 23.2 innings. He has since been promoted to Buies Creek where he has a 4.43 ERA and 80 K in 83.1 innings pitches. He is playing in his 21 year old season and has a chance to really move up next year.

2017 Stats: 5-4, 3.70 ERA, 107.0 IP, 89 H, 38 BB, 117 K, 9.8 K/9

27. Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B/C

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

Toro-Hernandez was drafted by the Astros in the 5th round of the 2016 MLB draft. He started slow his draft year but has really jumped on the scene this year showing off the power. He is a switch hitter with good plate discipline and should develop more power, even though he has 15 HR in 66 games this season. He plays both third and catcher and has a chance to stick at either one. He has a solid line drive approach at the plate and should be able to move up the ranks due to his bat and versatility.

2017 Stats: 66 G, .250 BA/.364 OBP/.509 SLG, 11 2B, 2 3B, 15 HR, 33 RBI, 37 BB/50 SO

26. Jonathan Arauz, SS

Current Level: A-
ETA: 2021
DOB: 08/03/98

Arauz was acquired by the Astros in the trade that brought Ken Giles to Houston. He is very young, just 18 this year, but has already played two seasons stateside and playing in his third in 2017. While he doesn’t have a tool that really stands out, his tools across the board rank out at least average. He is a switch hitter with good bat speed and a line drive approach. At just 16 years old he made his stateside debut (with Phillies) hitting .254 in 44 games in the GCL. In 2016 he played with Greeneville and hit .249 in 53 games. This year has been tougher on him but he still has a lot of potential. He is a very good defender as well. He is listed at 6’0″ and 150 lbs but should be able to add more weight and strength as he matures.

2017 Stats: 45 G, .209 BA/.310 OBP/.270 SLG, 6 2B, 2 3B, 6 RBI, 22 BB/25 SO

25. J.J. Matijevic, OF

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

Matijevic was selected by the Astros with the 75th overall pick (2nd round) of the 2017 draft. This pick was acquired from the Cardinals in the hacking scandal. The Astros were rumored to be interested in Keston Hiura early but ended up getting Matijevic later and both possess similar skillsets. Matijevic had a solid college career having a breakout junior season hitting .383 with 30 2B, 10 HR, 65 RBI for Arizona. He is a left handed hitter but doesn’t really have a position (though he has played left field for Tri-City). Matijevic dominated the Cape Cod League hitting a combined .346 in two different seasons. He is a polished hitter and should be one that can move quickly through the system.

2017 Stats: 30 G, .261 BA/.310 OBP/.426 SLG, 7 2B, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 4 SB, 9 BB/29 SO

24. Dean Deetz, RHP

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2018
DOB: 11/29/93

Deetz was drafted by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. He possesses a big time fastball and a wipeout slider. He had a very good 2015 season posting a 1.70 ERA over 63.2 innings. In 2016 he improved his strikeout rate averaging nearly 9 per nine innings. He was eventually promoted to Double-A where he made two starts and dominated allowing zero runs and 2 BB/17 K in 12 innings. Deetz is a very athletic pitcher at 6’1″ 195 lbs. Deetz has a mid 90s fastball and a smooth delivery. He has a wipeout slider but still struggles with his command at times. Deetz started this season in AA and dominated posting a 1.82 ERA in 8 outings before being promoted to AAA. He could probably help Houston’s bullpen right now.

2017 Stats: 7-5, 4.46 ERA, 68.2 IP, 60 H, 34 ER, 33 BB, 67 K, 8.8 K/9

23. Joe Perez, 3B

Current Level: N/A
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 he should be ready to roll in 2018. He was also drafted at just 17 years old, making him a year younger than the average high schooler, so he actually won’t lose any development time compared to the normal high school prospect.

2017 Stats: N/A

22. Miguelangel Sierra, SS

Current Level: A-
ETA: 2020
DOB: 12/02/97

Sierra was signed by the Astros out of Venezuela for $1,000,000 in 2014. Sierra stands at 5’11” and listed at 165 lbs. In 2016, he started the season with Greeneville and showed off some of his tools. In just 31 games with Greeneville he slugged .620 with 11 HR. He was then promoted to Tri-City where he struggled a bit, though he was 3.1 years younger than the average player in the NYPL. Scouts note he has a very quick first step and soft hands, leading many to believe he will be a plus defender at shortstop. At the plate, he shows good pop for his size but needs to work on his pitch recognition. He still has a ways to go but has as much upside as any middle infielder in the Astros system. He has gotten off to a slow start but is still just 19 years old.

2017 Stats: 34 G, .179 BA/.268 OBP/.321 SLG, 7 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 4 SB, 11 BB/31 SO

21. Elian Rodriguez, RHP

Current Level: DSL
ETA: 2021
DOB: 03/10/97

The Astros just signed Rodriguez in June of this year. The 20 year old is listed at 6’4″ and 205 lbs. Elian is an athletic pitcher with a mid-90s fastball. His slider is his best secondary pitch and can be a legit weapon. He also has a changeup and curveball, though both are behind the slider in terms of development. He is still very projectable and has the makings of an elite power arm. He has made a handful of starts, and while they haven’t gone well, its tough to get a feel for statistics while in the Dominican Summer League.

2017 Stats: 0-2, 7.53 ERA, 14.1 IP, 13 H, 12 ER, 17 BB, 10 K