Top Prospects No. 30-21

30. Jonathan Arauz, SS

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

Astros acquired Arauz from the Phillies as a add on piece in the Ken Giles trade. While Arauz doesn’t have one stand out tool, he is solid across the board. Arauz split time between Tri-City and Quad Cities at 18 years old this season. He hit .264 with .704 OPS in 33 games with Tri-City (115 wRC+). He only hit .220 with Quad Cities but did have 20 BB/18 SO in 36 games. He is a switch hitter who still has a lot of projection left.

2017 Stats: 69 G, .242 BA/.336 OBP/.319 SLG, 10 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 32 BB/47 SO

29. Jandel Gustave, RHP

Current Level: MLB
ETA: 2018
DOB: 10/12/92

Gustave has been in the Astros system since 2010 and has always caught scouts eyes with his fastball, which can hit triple digits pretty regularly. He had a breakout season with Corpus in 2015. He pitched well enough in AAA in 2016 to earn a call-up to the MLB. He was solid in his short time with Houston posting a 3.52 ERA/3.54 FIP with 16 K in 15.2 innings. Gustave started the 2017 season with Houston but after just 5 innings, he needed TJ surgery and missed the remainder of the year. Gustave has closer stuff but will need to work on his command to really take the next step forward.

2017 Stats: 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 2 K

28. Josh Rojas, 3B

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2019
DOB: 06/30/94

Rojas was drafted in the 26th round of the 2017 draft but has already been a quick riser making it to Double-A baseball in less than a year. He is a utility guy who can play all over the field and has good strike zone discipline, with some sneaky pop too. His final year in college he hit .294 with 28 BB/19 K. In 2017 following the draft he hit .256 with 10 HR and 40 RBI in 52 games for Quad Cities. This year he has dominated two levels posting phenomenal walk and strikeout rates, increasing his stolen base production, and collection 30 XBHs in 58 games.

2017 Stats: 56 G, .261 BA/.319 OBP/.478 SLG, 5 2B, 5 3B, 10 HR, 40 RBI, 19 BB/46 SO

27. Brandon Bailey, RHP

Current Level: A+
ETA: 2019
DOB: 10/19/94

The Astros picked up Bailey this off-season in a deal that sent Laureano to Oakland. Bailey had a dominant season in 2017 for Oakland. He started the season in Low-A and had a 2.68 ERA with 21 BB/73 K in 57.0 IP. He was promoted to High-A and had 10 BB/47 Kin 34 IP with a 4.24 ERA. Overall, he had 11.9 K/9. Bailey was drafted in the 6th round of 2016. While he is smaller in stature, he makes up for it with his pitching ability. He has a low 90s fastball, a good changeup, and a solid slider and curveball. Some scouts think he will end up in the bullpen because of his size, but for now, he will be a starter in the minors.

2017 Stats: 3-2, 3.26 ERA, 91 IP, 68 H, 31 BB, 120 K, 11.9 K/9

26. Josh James, RHP

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2018
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 2.52 ERA with 80 K in 50 innings.

2017 Stats: 4-8, 4.38 ERA, 76.0 IP, 79 H, 37 ER, 32 BB, 72 K, 8.5 K/9

25. Carmen Benedetti, OF

Current Level: A+
ETA: 2020
DOB: 10/29/94

Benedetti was the Astros 12th round selection in the 2016 draft. He had a solid college career which saw him hit .326 with 45 BB/29 SO in 54 games during his junior season. Benedetti had a good debut following the draft hitting .309 with a 121 wRC+ for Tri-City. Benedetti started the season with Quad Cities and really put together a nice run. He played in 69 games for Quad Cities hitting .332 with .446 OBP, 51 BB/47 SO and a 163 wRC+. The walk and strikeout rates are what really stood out, 17.3 BB% and 15.9 K%. He was promoted to Buies Creek and hit .268 in the final 23 games. Overall he had 27 doubles and 5 homers. He doesn’t have a lot of power, though he has good size (6’2, 225 lbs). Next year will be an interesting one for him to see if he can continue the stellar on base numbers.

2017 Stats: 92 G, .316 BA/.421 OBP/.452 SLG, 27 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 41 RBI, 2 SB, 60 BB/68 SO

24. Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B/C

Current Level: A
ETA: 2021
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 debut this year playing third base and a handful of games at catcher. He started the year with Tri-City and hit .292 with 8 2B, 6 HR in 32 games (185 wRC+) before being promoted to QC. There he hit 9 HR in 37 games good for a 120 wRC+ but he also maintained good walk and strikeout rates. Overall he had a 149 wRC+ with 14.0 BB% and 17.8 K%, a very good full season debut. Next year at this time he could see himself on the catcher list if the transition continues.

2017 Stats: 69 G, .246 BA/.364 OBP/.496 SLG, 11 2B, 15 HR, 33 RBI, 3 SB, 40 BB/51 SO

23. Brett Adcock, LHP

Current Level: A+
ETA: 2020
DOB: 08/28/95

Adcock was drafted by the Astros in the 4th round of the 2016 draft after a solid college career with Michigan. His junior season he had a 3.22 ERA with 100 K in 78 IP. Unfortunately, it came with 62 walks which is one reason he fell a bit in the draft. Adcock had a pretty good first full season in 2017. He started the year with Quad Cities and dominated there posting a 1.14 ERA with 7 BB/37 K in 23.2 IP. He was promoted to Buies Creek where he had a 4.71 ERA (4.10 FIP) with 80 K in 84 IP. He has a low 90s fastball that he mixes with a big breaking curveball and slider.

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

22. 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. This year he started with Buies Creek and had a 2.79 ERA with 73 K in 61.1 innings. He was promoted to Corpus Christi but had a rough time there posting a 5.88 ERA in 49 IP, though he did have a 3.93 FIP with a 58.7 GB%.  Overall 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..

2017 Stats: 7-8, 4.16 ERA, 110.1 IP, 101 H, 51 ER, 52 BB, 126 K, 10.3 K/9

21. 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. After the draft he was assigned to Tri-City where he hit .240 with 6 HR (108 wRC+). He was eventually promoted to Quad Cities and played in 6 games there. Overall his 27.8 K% with a 98 wRC+. He still has a ton of upside with the bat and will be a guy to keep an eye on next season.

2017 Stats: 59 G, .228 BA/.290 OBP/.384 SLG, 14 2B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 11 SB, 19 BB/69 SO