Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Houston Astros Release Six Rookie-Level Prospects

May 16, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; A general view of gloves and Houston Astros hats prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros released six prospects between Tuesday and Wednesday, as the 2023 Minor League Baseball seasons begins this weekend. Outfielder Anderson Sanchez, catcher Carlos Arcila and right-handed pitchers Hector Cuevas, Johangel Ramirez, Johan Figuereo and Jose Andujar were released.

Sanchez signed with Houston in 2021, playing two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. The outfielder saw offensive improvements in his second year, but he still struck out nearly 33 percent of his plate appearances. Arcila, a member of the same signing class as Sanchez, also posted a better offensive output in 2022, sporting a .704 OPS through 47 games with strikeouts woes, too.

Cuevas signed later in September 2021, making just two appearances in his first season. The righty struggled mightily last year with a 10.95 ERA and 31 walks in 24.2 innings pitched. Ramirez, the longest tenured of the group, signed with Houston in 2018, but never made it higher than the Florida Complex League in three seasons, finishing with a 4.07 ERA across 26 total outings.

The Astros looked to develop Figuereo and Andujar quickly, promoting the two hurlers stateside following the 2021 DSL season. The duo struggled in their promotions to the Florida Complex League, as their respective ERAs sat north of 6.50.

Astros Designate Numbers to Julks, Salazar

Corey Julks and César Salazar officially joined the Astros’ 26-man roster Thursday. Julks was assigned No. 9, which was last worn in 2022 by catcher Christian Vázquez. Houston assigned No. 18 — last worn by catcher Jason Castro in 2022 — to Salazar.

Be sure to subscribe to receive weekly updates on the Astros minor league system. Also be sure to follow on Twitter, @AstrosFuture, and like on Facebook,

You May Also Like


The Houston Astros released three more pitching prospects — Michael Horrell, Kevin Dickey and Bryan Sammons — this past week. The Triple-A season begins...


The Houston Astros reassigned five prospects — Matt Ruppenthal, Austin Hansen, Ross Adolph, Grae Kessinger and Luke Berryhill — and optioned Enoli Paredes to...


MLB Pipeline released its top-30 Houston Astros prospect ranking Monday, ranking top-100 prospect Hunter Brown No. 1 in the system. Following Brown are Yainer...


In the midst of spring training, the Houston Astros released two right-handed pitching prospects — Jose Alberto Rivera and Alex Palmer — Friday. In...


Following three seasons in Cincinnati’s system, Garrett Wolforth found himself out of position. The 2019 14th-round pick out of Nova Southeastern turned heads for...


The 2023 season is finally here. While the Astros may not have the system they once had back 10 years ago, it is in...


Baseball season is back, and spring training is in full swing. With that, there has been plenty of opportunities for prospects to play with...


Along with optioning left-handed relief pitcher Matt Gage to Triple-A Sugar Land, the Houston Astros reassigned three prospects to minor league camp Tuesday. Right-handed...