Top Prospects No. 11-20

11. Colin Barber, OF

Level: A+ DOB: 12/04/00

Barber was drafted in the 4th round of high school in the 2019 draft. He signed for $1 million, which was almost $600k over slot. Barber has very good bat speed and possesses above-average raw power and plus speed to keep him as a potential center fielder. In 2019, as an 18 year old, he performed well with a .780 OPS in 28 games. He has a ton of upside and started the year in High-A before having season ending shoulder surgery. He has a patient approach at the plate and a solid arm in the outfield as well. He is still just 21 years old.

12. Freudis Nova, SS

Level: A+ DOB: 01/12/00

Nova has come along pretty slowly since receiving a seven figure bonus in 2016, but had a decent full season in Quad Cities where he posted a 95 wRC+ in 75 games as a 19 year old. He’s still rough around the edges and will need to improve a free swinging approach to get within reach of his considerable ceiling. Still, he offers the potential for a middle of the order bat at a left side infield spot. While he showed some power with the 20 doubles in 2019, he struggled with the plate discipline managing just 15 BB/68 K. Nova has struggled a but in 2021 but things have started to turn around of late. Like Barber, he is still very young.

13. Shawn Dubin, RHP

Level: AAA DOB: 09/06/95

Dubin was drafted by the Astros in the 13th round of the 2018 draft after attending two different JuCo schools. He is smaller stature listed at 6-1, 155 lbs but he has added about 20 lbs and is sitting around 175 now. His fastball sits in the mid 90s, touching 99, and he has a plus slider. Dubin had a dominant season in 2019 and started this season in AAA. He dealt with some arm fatigue but is back 100% now. Dubin has enough pitches to be a starter but if the Astros decide to use him in the pen, he could be electric running it up to triple digits. You can read my interview with Dubin here.

14. Dauri Lorenzo, SS

Level: FCL DOB: 10/29/02

The Astros signed Lorenzo in July of 2019 for $1.8 million out of the Dominican Republic. Scouts noted the 18 year old a line drive stroke and drives the ball consistently to all fields. Lorenzo, a switch-hitter, has some power but should develop more. He is also an above average runner with a strong arm. He has the makings of a great prospect and now it is just about putting it together. He debuted in the Astros system this year in the FCL and has a .705 OPS so far in 16 games.

15. Tyler Ivey, RHP

Level: AAA DOB: 05/12/96

Ivey was a 3rd round pick in the 2017 draft. His performance when on the field has been really good, including a 1.57 ERA in 46.0 innings in AA in 2019. Unfortunately he dealt with some injuries in 2019 and then was unable to log any professional innings in 2020 due to COVID. Ivey has an active delivery but does well to repeat it. His fastball sits in the low 90s and he mixes an above-average curveball and a solid slider and changeup. Ivey made his big league debut this year but since has been dealing with some injuries. He still has the makings of a big league pitcher.

16. Matthew Barefoot, OF

Level: A+ DOB: 09/20/97

Barefoot was selected by the Astros in the 6th round of the 2019 draft after putting up some insane numbers at Campbell University. The Astros immediately made some changes to his swing, and then there was no 2020 season due to COVID. Barefoot has came back this year and the changes have paid off. He started in Low-A and earned a promotion to High-A quickly and he has 16 HR and 17 SB this season. Barefoot possesses solid power and speed. He has the ability to hit for average and can play all outfield positions, though he probably ends up in one of the corners. Read more about him here.

17. Jaime Melendez, RHP

Level: A+ DOB: 09/26/01

Melendez was signed by the Astros out of Mexico and he has made a quick rise in the system. After some time in rookie ball in 2019, the Astros started the 19 year old in Low-A this season and he went on to post a 0.49 ERA with 5 BB/38 K in 18.1 innings earning a promotion to High-A. He is a smaller pitch (5-8) but is built well at 190 lbs. He currently has a low 90s fastball and a good slider but also pitches with deception thanks to his vertical approach angle.

18. Chayce McDermott, RHP

Level: N/A DOB: 08/22/98

McDermott was drafted by the Astros in the 4th round out of Ball State. Like many college athletes, McDermott returned to school for another year due to COVID. This looks like a great decision for him. McDermott works with a fastball in the mid 90s and can tough 98 MPH. He has a plus curveball and a changeup as well. He had a really good year in 2021 where he struck out 125 in 82.2 innings with a 3.05 ERA at Ball State. He is a good athlete and has a good build at 6-3, 197 lbs. He is also the brother of Sean McDermott who plays in the NBA.

19. Jairo Solis, RHP

Level: AAA DOB: 12/22/99

This one hurts. Solis was looking like an elite prospect but this season he had to get a second Tommy John Surgery. Way back in 2018 Solis held his own in full season baseball as an 18 year old. He has pitching in the minors since due to injuries. When healthy he has a low to mid 90s fastball with late life. He also has a solid slider and changeup. Solis had the makings of a top flight pitching prospect, but now we will have to wait and see how he comes back after TJ.

20. Alex McKenna, OF

Level: AA DOB: 09/06/97

McKenna was a 4th round selection in the 2018 season and hit well following the draft. 2019 was a struggle for him though as he dealt with injuries and never got it going. After a missed 2020 season (COVID), he came back strong in 2021. McKenna started year in High-A and hit .305 with 1.005 OPS and 13 HR in 41 games. He was promoted to AA where played in 6 games before suffering another injury. McKenna is a solid outfielders with a nice power speed combination. His strikeouts were a bit high, and he can add some weight, but he showed this year why he was 4th round pick back in 2018. Read more about McKenna here.