Top Prospects No. 10-1

1. Forrest Whitley, RHP

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

Whitley was the Astros first round pick in 2016 and he has rocketed through the Astros system. Whitley put together a dominant 2017 in which he had a 2.83 ERA with 143 K in 92.1 innings over 3 different levels. Whitley has a mid 90s fastball with multiple plus off-speed offerings. Baseball America rated Whitley’s slider and changeup as the best in the Astros system. He came back from his suspension this season and started well. He left his last start early with an injury, though there hasn’t been a real update yet.

2018 Stats: 6 G, 4.29 ERA, 21.0 IP, 14 H, 10 ER, 8 BB, 30 K

2. Kyle Tucker, OF

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

Tucker has flown through the system since being the #5 overall pick in 2015. In 2017 he had a very good year clubbing 25 HR with a 141 wRC+ as a 20 year old reaching AA. Tucker started the season a bit slow but really caught fire. He was hitting .306 with 24 2B, 14 HR, 66 RBI in 80 games before he was called up to the Astros. Tucker is still very young at just 21 years old and should be a staple in the middle of the lineup for years to come.

2018 Stats: 80 G, .306 BA/.891 OPS, 24 2B, 14 HR, 66 RBI, 14 SB

3. Yordan Alvarez, 1B

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

Alvarez was acquired in a deadline deal that sent Josh Fields to Los Angeles. He was a breakout prospect last year reaching High-A at just 19 years old. The Astros were aggressive with him this season starting him at AA and he responded well. Alvarez hit .325 with 13 2B, 12 HR, 46 RBI in 43 AA games. He was recently promoted to AAA. Alvarez has plus power and a good understanding of the strike zone.

2018 Stats: 46 G, .311 BA/.962 OPS, 14 2B, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 5 SB

4. Cionel Perez, LHP

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

Perez originally agreed to a deal with the Astros worth $5.15 million but the deal was voided due to a physical. Perez was later signed for $2 million. He made his debut in 2017 and posted a 4.13 ERA across three different levels. Perez started this year out in AA and has been dominant striking out 83 in 68.1 innings. Perez has a 95-97 MPH and a low to mid 80s slider. The Astros called him up for a few days but he was sent back down. He will be up again this year.

2018 Stats: 1.98 ERA, 68.1 IP, 54 H, 22 BB, 83 K, 10.9 K/9

5. Seth Beer, OF

Current Level: A
ETA: 2019
DOB: 09/18/96

Beer was the Astros first round selection this season (#28 overall) after dominating college baseball for three straight seasons. In his college career he hit .321 with a .489 OBP, 56 HR, 180 BB/98 K in 188 games. He fell in the draft because scouts questioned where he would play and if he could hit with wood bats. He has proved them wrong so far as he is hitting .357 with 5 HR, 17 RBI in 23 games.

2018 Stats: 23 G, .357 BA, 6 2B, 5 HR, 17 RBI

6. J.B. Bukauskas, RHP

Current Level: A-
ETA: 2020
DOB: 10/11/96

Bukauskas was the Astros first round pick in 2017 out of the University of North Carolina. JB had a very good college career posting a 3.18 ERA over 3 seasons. In his junior season he went 9-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 116 K in 92.2 innings. Bukauskas only pitched 10 innings in the Astros system following the draft. Bukauskas features a plus fastball and an elite slider. He has struggled with some minor injuries in 2018 but it looks like he is back and nearly 100%.

2018 Stats: 5 G, 5.11 ERA, 12.1 IP, 16 H, 6 BB, 16 K

7. Freudis Nova, SS

Current Level: Rookie
ETA: 2021
DOB: 01/12/00

Nova was a big signing by the Astros in 2016 when he signed for $1.2 million. Nova was seen as one of the best prospects of the 2016 international group. Nova played in 47 games in the DSL in 2017 slashing .247/.342/.355 at 17 years old good for a 110 wRC+. Nova is very gifted defensively and has a ton of upside with the bat. Scouts have noted his exceptional bat speed and consistent hard contact. He has got out to a hot start hitting .339 in 17 games this season.

2018 Stats: 17 G, .339 BA/.839 OPS, 2 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI

8. Corbin Martin, RHP

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

Martin was drafted out of Texas A&M in 2017. Martin was a very interesting pick as many scouts were torn on him and where he would go in the draft. He struggled with command at times leading some to think he will be a reliever. He pitched well as a starter for the Astros though this year posting a 2.20 ERA with 9 BB/43 K in 32.2 innings. He has a mid to high 90s fastball but dialed it down a bit as a starter. His curveball is a plus off-speed offering and is more of a power type curve. He has dominated this season posting a 1.73 ERA in 73 innings making it to AA.

2018 Stats: 16 G, 1.73 ERA, 73.0 IP, 44 H, 14 ER, 20 BB, 68 K

9. Rogelio Armenteros, RHP

Current Level: AAA
ETA: 2018
DOB: 06/30/94

Armenteros was originally signed out of Cuba for just $40,000. He started this season out in Corpus Christ and made quick work of Double-A posting a 1.93 ERA (2.61 FIP) with 74 K in 65.1 innings. He was promoted to Triple-A where he went 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA (3.45 FIP) and 72 K in 58.1 innings over 10 starts. Armenteros has a low 90s fastball and a good changeup. Armenteros has spent the entire 2018 season in AAA and has continued to pitch well posting a 3.28 ERA with 78 K in 74 innings.

2018 Stats: 14 G, 3.28 ERA, 74.0 IP, 66 H, 25 BB, 78 K

10. Jairo Solis, RHP

Current Level: A
ETA: 2021
DOB: 12/22/99

Solis kind of popped up out of nowhere last season. He was signed by the Astros for $450,000 in 2016 out of Venezuela. He made his debut in the Dominican Summer League and had a 2.73 ERA with 8 BB/28 K in 26.1 IP.  The Astros aggressively promoted him stateside at just 17 and he finished with a 2.64 ERA and 69 K in 61.1 innings. Right now his fastball is around 93-94, touching 96, but could still see more velocity as he matures. He also has a slider that could be plus and is a very good athlete on the mound. This year has been a bit tougher for him but he has started pitching better of late and is also in full season baseball at just 18 years old.

2018 Season Stats: 8 G, 3.00 ERA, 27.0 IP, 22 H, 9 ER, 22 BB, 27 K