Top Prospects No. 10-1

10. Cionel Perez, LHP

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2018
DOB: 04/21/96

Perez broke out in 2018 striking out 89 over 73.2 innings with a 2.08 ERA. He even saw a little time in Houston and struck out 12 in 11.1 innings. Perez has pitched the 2019 season and AAA and has yet to replicate his success from 2018. So far this season he has a 6.19 ERA with 20 BB/29 K in 32 innings. The good news is he is only 23 years old and still a lefty. He has gone down a few spots for me, but still has a few months to rebuild that stock.

2019 Stats: 9 G, 6.19 ERA, 32.0 IP, 37 H, 20 BB, 29 K

9. Myles Straw, OF

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2018
DOB: 10/17/94

Straw has steadily made his way through the system after being a 12th round pick in 2015. He hits for average, draws walks, and steals bases. Overall in 2018 he hit .291 with 70 SB in 131 games. So far in 2019 he has done the same hitting .294 with a .379 OBP and 16 SB in 43 games. Straw should be back in the MLB at some point this year. He has a skillset that should translate well if he has to be a bench player thanks to the elite speed and solid defense. He has also been playing shortstop, which makes his profile even more intriguing.

2019 Stats: 41 G, .296 BA/.376 OBP/.360 SLG, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 16 SB

8. Bryan Abreu, RHP

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2020
DOB: 04/22/97

Abreu has been a bit of a late bloomer as he was signed in 2013 but really broke onto the scene in 2018. In 2018, between two levels, Abreu had a 1.49 ERA and an absurd 90 K in 54.1 innings. Abreu started the 2019 season at High-A but only pitched in 14.2 innings as he struck out 25. He was promoted to AA where he has a 4.03 ERA, but has a 1.65 ERA and 22 K in 16.1 innings of his last 4 outings.

2019 Stats: 9 G, 3.89 ERA, 37.0 IP, 21 H, 20 BB, 54 K, 13.1 K/9

7. Freudis Nova, SS

Current Level: A
ETA: 2022
DOB: 01/12/00

Nova is one of the highest potential guys in the Astros system. He was signed for $1.2 million in 2016 and made his stateside debut during the 2018 season. He played in 41 games and hit .308 with 6 HR and 9 SB. Overall he had a 120 wRC+ at just 18 years old. Nova really has all the tools to succeed. Quick feet, strong arm, plus speed, and the ability to hit for both average and power. He was recently assigned to Quad Cities and made his full-season debut at 19 years old.

2019 Stats: 2 G, .250 (2-for-8), HR, RBI

6. J.B. Bukauskas, RHP

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2020
DOB: 10/11/96

Bukauskas was the Astros first round pick in 2017. Bukauskas was involved in a car accident in spring training which pushed him timeline back a bit. He pitched a couple times in April before going back on the DL. Overall in 2018 he had a 2.14 ERA with 71 K in 59 innings. This year he started back in AA and after a rough beginning to the season, he has posted a 3.71 ERA with 33 K in 26.2 innings over his last 6 games. Bukauskas has a great fastball/slider combo and hopefully he continues to progress and becomes one of the better pitching prospects in the MLB.

2018 Stats: 9 G, 7.27 ERA, 34.2 IP, 35 H, 26 BB, 40 K, 10.4 K/9

5. Seth Beer, OF/1B

Current Level: AA
ETA: 2020
DOB: 09/18/96

Beer was the Astros first round pick in 2018 after dominating college baseball at Clemson. Scouts wondered how his bat would translate to wood and he showed well hitting .304 with 12 HR following the draft. He started the 2019 season in High-A but made quick work of the Carolina League hitting .328 with 9 HR, 34 RBI in 35 games. He was promoted to AA where he has hit .395 with 2 HR, 11 RBI in 10 games. There are questions about his defense, and rightfully so, but if he continues to hit like this, he can find a spot as a LF/1B/DH at this MLB level.

2019 Stats: 45 G, .343 BA/.434 OBP/.608 SLG, 11 2B, 11 HR, 45 RBI

4. Corbin Martin, RHP

Current Level: MLB
ETA: 2019
DOB: 12/28/95

Martin was a 2nd round pick by the Astros in 2017. He made quick work of the minors making it to AAA in only his second season. This year for Round Rock he pitched in 5 games and had a 1.48 ERA with 28 K in 24.1 innings. This was good enough for him to earn a promotion to the Astros, less than two years after being drafted. He has started 3 games with Houston and has a 4.97 ERA with 12 K in 12.2 innings. He has shown his stuff and will hopefully carve out a spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

2019 Stats: 3 G, 4.97 ERA, 12.2 IP, 14 H, 6 BB, 12 K

3. Yordan Alvarez, LF

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2019
DOB: 06/27/97

This may be the ranking that “shocks” people with a lot of people wanting him as the #1 prospect. Alvarez has had an incredible season to this point. Him not being #1 is more telling of the guys above him. Alvarez had a good April hitting .354 with 12 HR, 30 RBI in 21 games. He followed that up hitting .384 with 8 HR, 33 RBI so far in 24 games in May. While he may be restricted to LF/1B/DH, the bat is why he will get promoted and paid. Luhnow mentioned recently they want to make sure he is ready defensively but the bat appears ready and he should get a chance soon.

2019 Stats: 47 G, .371 BA/.454 OBP/.798 SLG, 16 2B, 20 HR, 63 RBI, 27 BB/36 SO

2. Kyle Tucker, OF

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2018
DOB: 01/17/97

Tucker came into the 2018 season as one of the best prospects in baseball, and he did nothing to dispute that ranking. He got a short promotion to the MLB where he had just 9-for-64. Tucker started the 2019 season slow going 4-for-42 in his first 12 games. Since then, he has hit .320 with 1.177 OPS and 15 HR in 34 games (177 wRC+). At some point he will get another chance in the pros this season, and hopefully he makes the most of it. He still has all the tools to be an impact player at the major league level.

2019 Stats: 47 G, .264 BA/.347 OBP/.621 SLG, 10 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 36 RBI, 9 SB, 20 BB/43 SO

1. Forrest Whitley, RHP

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2019
DOB: 09/15/97

Whitley really broke onto the scene with a dominant 2017. He missed time last year with injury and suspension but still showed his abilities. This year the Astros started him in AAA, an aggressive promotion. Unfortunately the number haven’t been very good as he has posted a 12.21 ERA (5.42 xFIP). The only positive really is the 29 K in 24.1 innings. Luhnow has mentioned recently that his stuff is still very good, its more about him refining his command. Also, the PCL and all of AAA has seen a huge uptick in offensive performance. He is still just 21 years old.

2019 Stats: 8 G, 12.21 ERA, 24.1 IP, 35 H, 15 BB, 29 K, 10.7 K/9



10. Cionel Perez, LHP

Current Level: AAA ETA: 2018 DOB: 04/21/96

Perez broke out in 2018 striking out 89 over 73.2 innings with a 2.08 ERA. He even saw a little time in Houston and struck out 12 in 11.1 innings. Perez has pitched the 2019 season and AAA and has yet to replicate his success from 2018. So far this season he has a 6.19 ERA with 20 BB/29 K in 32 innings. The good news is he is only 23 years old and still a lefty. He has gone down a few spots for me, but still has a few months to rebuild that stock.

2019 Stats: 9 G, 6.19 ERA, 32.0 IP, 37 H, 20 BB, 29 K

9. Myles Straw, OF

Current Level: AAA ETA: 2018 DOB: 10/17/94

Straw has steadily made his way through the system after being a 12th round pick in 2015. He hits for average, draws walks, and steals bases. Overall in 2018 he hit .291 with 70 SB in 131 games. So far in 2019 he has done the same hitting .294 with a .379 OBP and 16 SB in 43 games. Straw should be back in the MLB at some point this year. He has a skillset that should translate well if he has to be a bench player thanks to the elite speed and solid defense. He has also been playing shortstop, which makes his profile even more intriguing.

2019 Stats: 41 G, .296 BA/.376 OBP/.360 SLG, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 16 SB

8. Bryan Abreu, RHP

Current Level: AA ETA: 2020 DOB: 04/22/97

Abreu has been a bit of a late bloomer as he was signed in 2013 but really broke onto the scene in 2018. In 2018, between two levels, Abreu had a 1.49 ERA and an absurd 90 K in 54.1 innings. Abreu started the 2019 season at High-A but only pitched in 14.2 innings as he struck out 25. He was promoted to AA where he has a 4.03 ERA, but has a 1.65 ERA and 22 K in 16.1 innings of his last 4 outings.

2019 Stats: 9 G, 3.89 ERA, 37.0 IP, 21 H, 20 BB, 54 K, 13.1 K/9

7. Freudis Nova, SS

Current Level: A ETA: 2022 DOB: 01/12/00

Nova is one of the highest potential guys in the Astros system. He was signed for $1.2 million in 2016 and made his stateside debut during the 2018 season. He played in 41 games and hit .308 with 6 HR and 9 SB. Overall he had a 120 wRC+ at just 18 years old. Nova really has all the tools to succeed. Quick feet, strong arm, plus speed, and the ability to hit for both average and power. He was recently assigned to Quad Cities and made his full-season debut at 19 years old.

2019 Stats: 2 G, .250 (2-for-8), HR, RBI

6. J.B. Bukauskas, RHP

Current Level: AA ETA: 2020 DOB: 10/11/96

Bukauskas was the Astros first round pick in 2017. Bukauskas was involved in a car accident in spring training which pushed him timeline back a bit. He pitched a couple times in April before going back on the DL. Overall in 2018 he had a 2.14 ERA with 71 K in 59 innings. This year he started back in AA and after a rough beginning to the season, he has posted a 3.71 ERA with 33 K in 26.2 innings over his last 6 games. Bukauskas has a great fastball/slider combo and hopefully he continues to progress and becomes one of the better pitching prospects in the MLB.

2018 Stats: 9 G, 7.27 ERA, 34.2 IP, 35 H, 26 BB, 40 K, 10.4 K/9

5. Seth Beer, OF/1B

Current Level: AA ETA: 2020 DOB: 09/18/96

Beer was the Astros first round pick in 2018 after dominating college baseball at Clemson. Scouts wondered how his bat would translate to wood and he showed well hitting .304 with 12 HR following the draft. He started the 2019 season in High-A but made quick work of the Carolina League hitting .328 with 9 HR, 34 RBI in 35 games. He was promoted to AA where he has hit .395 with 2 HR, 11 RBI in 10 games. There are questions about his defense, and rightfully so, but if he continues to hit like this, he can find a spot as a LF/1B/DH at this MLB level.

2019 Stats: 45 G, .343 BA/.434 OBP/.608 SLG, 11 2B, 11 HR, 45 RBI

4. Corbin Martin, RHP

Current Level: MLB ETA: 2019 DOB: 12/28/95

Martin was a 2nd round pick by the Astros in 2017. He made quick work of the minors making it to AAA in only his second season. This year for Round Rock he pitched in 5 games and had a 1.48 ERA with 28 K in 24.1 innings. This was good enough for him to earn a promotion to the Astros, less than two years after being drafted. He has started 3 games with Houston and has a 4.97 ERA with 12 K in 12.2 innings. He has shown his stuff and will hopefully carve out a spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

2019 Stats: 3 G, 4.97 ERA, 12.2 IP, 14 H, 6 BB, 12 K

3. Yordan Alvarez, LF

Current Level: AAA ETA: 2019 DOB: 06/27/97

This may be the ranking that “shocks” people with a lot of people wanting him as the #1 prospect. Alvarez has had an incredible season to this point. Him not being #1 is more telling of the guys above him. Alvarez had a good April hitting .354 with 12 HR, 30 RBI in 21 games. He followed that up hitting .384 with 8 HR, 33 RBI so far in 24 games in May. While he may be restricted to LF/1B/DH, the bat is why he will get promoted and paid. Luhnow mentioned recently they want to make sure he is ready defensively but the bat appears ready and he should get a chance soon.

2019 Stats: 47 G, .371 BA/.454 OBP/.798 SLG, 16 2B, 20 HR, 63 RBI, 27 BB/36 SO

2. Kyle Tucker, OF

Current Level: AAA ETA: 2018 DOB: 01/17/97

Tucker came into the 2018 season as one of the best prospects in baseball, and he did nothing to dispute that ranking. He got a short promotion to the MLB where he had just 9-for-64. Tucker started the 2019 season slow going 4-for-42 in his first 12 games. Since then, he has hit .320 with 1.177 OPS and 15 HR in 34 games (177 wRC+). At some point he will get another chance in the pros this season, and hopefully he makes the most of it. He still has all the tools to be an impact player at the major league level.

2019 Stats: 47 G, .264 BA/.347 OBP/.621 SLG, 10 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 36 RBI, 9 SB, 20 BB/43 SO

1. Forrest Whitley, RHP

Current Level: AAA ETA: 2019 DOB: 09/15/97

Whitley really broke onto the scene with a dominant 2017. He missed time last year with injury and suspension but still showed his abilities. This year the Astros started him in AAA, an aggressive promotion. Unfortunately the number haven’t been very good as he has posted a 12.21 ERA (5.42 xFIP). The only positive really is the 29 K in 24.1 innings. Luhnow has mentioned recently that his stuff is still very good, its more about him refining his command. Also, the PCL and all of AAA has seen a huge uptick in offensive performance. He is still just 21 years old.

2019 Stats: 8 G, 12.21 ERA, 24.1 IP, 35 H, 15 BB, 29 K, 10.7 K/9