Just like the stock market, prospects’ stock will go up and down throughout the season. Below are a few players hitter who have seen their stock rise. Here is the Astros Prospect Stock Report 2023: Volume 2.
⇑ Stock Up ⇑
Hitter – Joey Loperfido
He was on the first list, but his stock is still rising. The 2021 7th round pick has put together a really strong season to this point. The Astros traded some top prospects at the deadline but held on to Loperfido, and he could be the best of the bunch. The 24-year-old is hitting .301 with a .960 OPS in Double-A. He also was the first prospect to go 20/20 (20 HR/23 SB). Overall, he has made a huge climb this year and an argument can be made that he is the Astros top prospect.
2023 Stats: 87 G, .297 BA/.389 OBP/.558 SLG, 20 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 62 RBI, 23 SB, 145 wRC+
Hitter – Zach Cole
Cole, the Astros 10th round pick in 2022, has put together a big season. The left-handed hitter started in Fayetteville and opted a .892 OPS in 70 games. He was then promoted to Asheville where he has continued to rake hitting .293 with a 1.029 OPS. On top of the 40 XBHs this season, Cole has also added 29 SB and a 13.9 BB%.
2023 Stats: 87 G, .270 BA/.396 OBP/.634 SLG, 17 2B, 8 3B, 15 HR, 56 RBI, 29 SB, 155 wRC+
Pitcher – Tyler Guilfoil
Like much of the pitching class from the 2022 draft, Guilfoil has put up some dominant numbers for Fayetteville. The right-hander has a 2.59 ERA with 88 K in 59 innings. He also has a 2.56 FIP and a very impressive 36.1 K%. He should be in Asheville soon which will be a good challenge for him.
2023 Stats: 17 G, 2.59 ERA, 59.0 IP, 41 H, 17 ER, 21 BB, 88 K, 13.4 K/9
Pitcher – Luis Rodriguez
Rodriguez was selected by the Astros in last year’s Rule 5 Draft and looking like a great pickup. The left-hander started the season in Fayetteville and posted a 1.49 ERA with 49 K in 36.1 innings. He also allowed just 20 hits. He was recently promoted to High-A where he struck out 7 over 4 innings allowing 1 run. Overall he has a 35.2 K% this year.
2023 Stats: 10 G, 1.56 ERA, 40.1 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 19 BB, 56 K, 12.5 K/9