Top Prospects No. 30-21

30. Valente Bellozo, RHP

Bellozo was signed by the Astros as an international free agent in 2017. He is a small guy, standing at just 5-10 but he makes up for it in ability. He has an 88-92 MPH fastball and a solid changeup and slider. Bellozo pounds the zone and so far this season, has made a nice transition stateside.

2019 Stats: 9 G, 1.49 ERA, 36.1 IP, 21 H, 9 BB, 44 K

29. Enmanuel Valdez, 2B

Valdez has been a favorite of mine for a few years and its nice to see him having a breakout season in 2019. He started the year with Quad Cities and had a .816 OPS in 33 games before earning a promotion to High-A, where the numbers dipped a bit. Overall he is hitting .243 with .701 OPS this season. He has draws some walks, doesn’t strikeout a ton, and has some power for a smaller guy.

2019 Stats: 87 G, .243 BA/.314 OBP/.387 SLG, 20 2B, 7 HR, 44 RBI, 7 SB

28. Hunter Brown, RHP

The Astros drafted Brown in the 5th round of the 2019 draft. While he didn’t pitch at a big school (Wayne State) he still put up great numbers striking out 114 over 85 innings. Scouts note this breaking ball has potential to be great but he still needs to refine his command. 

2019 Stats: 7 G, 5.27 ERA, 13.2 IP, 8 H, 15 BB, 16 K

27. Brandon Bailey, RHP

Bailey was acquired in the trade that sent Laureano to Oakland. He is a smaller guy but can really rack up the strikeouts. He started this year in AA and so far has 70 K in 69.2 innings with a 3.49 ERA. He fits the mold of the high spin rate curveball and can spin it for strikeouts.

2019 Stats: 17 G, 3.49 ERA, 69.2 IP, 54 H, 31 BB, 70 K

26. Joe Perez, 3B

Perez was drafted by the Astros in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft. Most thought he would be a pitcher but the Astros wanted to use him as a third baseman. He missed the majority of the 2018 season due to Tommy John surgery but has came back this year healthy. He has played in 21 games posting just a .581 OPS but the tools are there for him.

2019 Stats: 21 G, .208 BA/.256 OBP/.325 SLG, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB

25. Ross Adolph, OF

Adolph was a 12th round pick by the Mets in the 2018 draft and traded to the Astros in the Davis deal this last off-season. He played in short season ball in 2018 but showed his ability posting a .857 OPS with 9 2B, 12 3B, 7 HR, 14 SB and a 147 wRC+. It appears the reason he fell was some past medical history but he was healthy this past season. He has plus raw power and speed. He started the season slow but after he got it going in Quad Cities, he earned a promotion to High-A. In 20 games with Fayetteville he is hitting .321 with .901 OPS.

2019 Stats: 91 G, .241 BA/.378 OBP/.408 SLG, 16 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 10 SB

24. Jonathan Arauz, SS

Arauz was acquired in the deal that also netted Ken Giles. He has always been young for his league, though it hasn’t translated to success. He started 2018 well but tapered off. After a slow start to 2019, Arauz has hitting a lot better. Overall he is having .256 with a .719 OPS. He is still young for his league should fill in more as he gets older.

2019 Stats: 85 G, .256 BA/.325 OBP/.395 SLG, 19 2B, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 5 SB

23. Alex McKenna, OF

McKenna was a 3rd round pick in 2018 and hit well following the draft slashing .311/.394/.512. He started this year with Quad Cities but for some reason, he keeps getting hurt and they have led to nagging injuries. He is finally back healthy this season and is hitting .264 in 37 games. He has yet to tap into the power but he has the tools to do so.

2019 Stats: 37 G, .264 BA/.358 OBP/.310 SLG, 3 2B, HR, 14 RBI, 3 SB

22. Grae Kessinger, SS

Kessinger was the Astros 2nd round pick in this summer’s draft out of Ole Miss. He hit .330 as a junior. He is a solid defender at short and has a quality bat to go with it, including some untapped power. notes he may be more of a second baseman than a shortstop, but there was enough there with the bat for the Astros to take him in the second round.

2019 Stats: 31 G, .220 BA/.289 OBP/.321 SLG, 8 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI

21. Brett Conine, RHP

Conine was drafted by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2018 draft. He made the transition from reliever to starter in the pros and the transition has went well. He owns a career 2.27 ERA in the minors with 149 K in 119 innings. After dominating QC early this year he was promoted to High-A where he has continued pitching well. He has a fastball, slider, curveball, and improving changeup. For more on him, check out this interview.

2019 Stats: 19 G, 2.37 ERA, 87.1 IP, 65 H, 19 BB, 112 K, 5.9 K/BB