Top Prospects No. 10-1

10. Jordan Brewer, OF

Brewer was the Astros 3rd round pick in the 2019 draft. He spent two years playing at a community college before transferring to Michigan and having a breakout season slashing .338/.396/.586 with 19 2B, 12 HR, 24 SB. He has above-average speed and power and could be a 20-20 threat. He might play center for the Astros but can play all outfield positions.

2019 Stats: N/A

9. Jeremy Pena, SS

I’ll be honest, I didn’t imagine Pena moving up this quickly but his performance can’t be ignored. After being drafted by the Astros in the 3rd round last year, he hit .250 in 36 games. His calling card was his glove at shortstop, but he has hit very well this year. In 66 games he has 5 HR, 41 RBI, 17 SB while hitting .293 with .810 OPS (137 wRC+). He was promoted to High-A where he has been even better hitting .333 with 150 wRC+. Elite defense and this offensive performance has him flying up the list.

2019 Stats: 92 G, .308 BA/.386 OBP/.460 SLG, 17 2B, 7 3B, 7 HR, 52 RBI, 20 SB

8. Tyler Ivey, RHP

Ivey was a high upside selection in the 2017 draft. He initially attended Texas A&M before transferring to Grayson Community College. In 2018, Ivey had a 2.07 ERA with 135 K in 112 innings. He started the year in AA and pitched well early on posting a 0.72 ERA with 9 BB/37 K in 25 innings. Ivey missed some time with an injury but recently rejoined the Hooks where hopefully he can replicate his early success. 

2019 Stats: 10 G, 0.54 ERA, 33.1 IP, 13 H, 15 BB, 49 K

7. Brandon Bielak, RHP

Bielak was drafted out of Notre Dame in the 11th round following a really rough junior season. The Astros were aggressive with his minor league placement and it paid off as he had a 2.23 ERA with a 2.94 FIP across A+/AA last season. Bielak started back in AA this season posting a 3.75 ERA with 33 K in 36 innings. This earned him a promotion to AAA. After a couple rough outings in AAA, he has a 2.20 ERA over his last six starts. 

2019 Stats: 18 G, 4.18 ERA, 92.2 IP, 73 H, 42 BB, 84 K

6. Abraham Toro, 3B

Toro was drafted by the Astros in the 5th round of the 2016 draft. He made his full season debut in 2017 and made it up to AA in 2018. Toro has a very strong arm and good power, while being a switch hitter. He has put together a really good season as a 22 year old in AA posting a .875 OPS. He has already moved up a bunch but could see his stock sore even higher if he continues this pace.

2019 Stats: 96 G, .295 BA/.386 OBP/.489 SLG, 21 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 64 RBI, 48 BB/77 K

5. Bryan Abreu, RHP

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 5.17 ERA, but he has had plenty of strong outings in AA so far.

2019 Stats: 18 G, 4.86 ERA, 70.1 IP, 54 H, 38 BB, 92 K, 11.8 K/9

4. Korey Lee, C

Lee was drafted by the Astros in the first round, 32nd overall, in the 2019 draft following a great junior season where he slashed .337/.416/.619 with 15 HR in 51 games. Lee has above-average raw power and arm strength. He should also be able to stick behind the plate as he has the arm to control the running game.

2019 Stats: 33 G, .270 BA/.358 OBP/.383 SLG, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 6 RBI

3. Freudis Nova, SS

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 assigned to Quad Cities this season at just 19 and has held his own hitting .250 with 13 2B in 44 games.

2019 Stats: 46 G, .258 BA/.286 OBP/.388 SLG, 15 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 4 SB

2. Kyle Tucker, OF

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: 96 G, .260 BA/.344 OBP/.561 SLG, 21 2B, 3 3B, 27 HR, 75 RBI, 23 SB

1. Forrest Whitley, RHP

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 numbers haven’t been very good as he has posted a 12.21 ERA (5.42 xFIP) in AAA and has since made a few rehab starts following a shoulder injury. The only positive really is the 41 K in 32.0 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: 11 G, 10.97 ERA, 32.0 IP, 40 H, 25 BB, 41 K