11. Jairo Solis, RHP
Level: A DOB: 12/22/99
Unfortunately stuck on the shelf for a couple years now, Solis was charging up lists back in 2018 as an 18 year old dominating the Midwest League. A 6’2″ righty with projection remaining, Solis sat around 92-94 when he last pitched and backed it up with a plus curveball and promising changeup that flashed above average. While not an elite strike thrower yet, Solis shows the ingredients for an above-average starter and can finally get back on the field in 2021.
12. Hunter Brown, RHP
Level: A- DOB: 08/29/98
Brown was drafted by the Astros in the 5th round of the 2019 draft out of Wayne State University. He only pitched in 23 innings following the draft but he has shown enough to deserve a high ranking. Brown runs his fastball up to 98 and has shown the ability to maintain his velocity one multiple innings. He also has a sharp slider as his secondary pitch but will need to continue to work on his curveball to stick as a starter. Brown has a ton of upside though and could be a breakout guy in 2021.
13. Zach Daniels, OF
Level: N/A DOB: 01/23/99
Daniels had two pretty rough seasons in college before putting it together as a junior at Tennessee. While he only played in 17 games (before the season was cancelled due to COVID) he slashed .357/.478/.750 with 8 2B, 4 HR, and 3 SB. Daniels possesses above-average power and above-average speed making him one of the most intriguing prospects in the Astros’ system. Baseball America wrote that he is the prospect with the most power, best athlete and fastest baserunner in the system.
14. Enoli Paredes, RHP
Level: MLB DOB: 09/28/95
Paredes is fun to watch. He is only 5-11 and 168 lbs but he has a fastball that can top out at 99 and sits 95-97 MPH. He is a very good athlete and also possesses an above average curveball. He is also mixing in an improving changeup which is vital to him sticking as a starter. The Astros ended up calling him up in 2020 and he posted a 3.05 ERA with 20 K in 20.2 innings.
15. Shawn Dubin, RHP
Level: A+ DOB: 09/06/95
Dubin was drafted by the Astros in the 13th round of the 2018 draft. He is smaller stature listed at 6-1, 155 lbs but he has the stuff to make up for it. His fastball sits in the mid 90s, touching 99, and he has a plus slider. In 2019 be split time between Quad Cities and Fayetteville and posted a 3.58 ERA with 151 K in 110.2 innings. Even if he doesn’t make it as a starter, he has a solid enough two-pitch combo to be effective in the pen.
16. Brett Conine, RHP
Level: AA DOB: 10/16/96
Conine was drafted by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2018 draft. He made the transition from reliever to starter in the pros and the transition has went well. After a solid showing in 2018, he followed that up with very good season in 2019. He started in A ball but finished the year in AA and overall had a 2.20 ERA with 134 K in 114.1 innings. He has a fastball, slider, curveball, and improving changeup. For more on him, check out this interview.
17. Grae Kessinger, SS
Level: A DOB: 08/25/97
Kessinger’s MLB bloodlines and fundamentals have had him on the radar for awhile, but he was sliding on draft boards a bit with a slow start to his junior season. He flipped the switch in SEC play, hitting .406, and ended up being selected in the second round in 2019. Kessinger has great hands in the field and good instincts, which allow him to play a solid shortstop and project around the diamond. He hasn’t hit for much power in his career thus far, but he’s a big 6’2″ and could potentially find more pop through swing adjustments.
18. Dauri Lorenzo, SS
Level: N/A DOB: 10/29/02
The Astros signed Lorenzo in July of 2019 for $1.8 million out of the Dominican Republic. He has yet to play minor league baseball but should debut at some point this year. Scouts noted the 17 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, it’s just a bit early to really rank him up high without even seeing him.
19. Brandon Bielak, RHP
Level: MLB DOB: 04/02/96
Bielak is a high floor prospect who was drafted boy the Astros in the 11th round of the 2017 draft. He has a good build and should be able to sustain a large workload. Bielak has a low to mid 90s fastball that has excellent spin rate. He has a nice changeup and a curveball that has a chance to be a really good pitch. He finished the season posting a 3.04 ERA in his last 12 starts, and that included a 9 run in 4 inning outing. Take that out and his ERA drops to 2.05 in those other 11 starts, and this came in the hitter’s paradise that is the PCL. Like with Whitley and Javier, if he continues to perform well, he should get a shot in Houston soon.
20. Chas McCormick, OF
Level: AAA DOB: 04/19/95
McCormick has been a very pleasant surprise since being selected with a day three draft pick, and has now developed into a polished, versatile outfielder who projects to help out a major league bench. While not a blazing fast runner, McCormick is an instinctive defender who nonetheless covers a lot of ground. At the plate, he controls the strike zone exceptionally well, and has developed very strong on base skills. He doesn’t project for much over the fence power, but he has plays heady, well rounded baseball and can be deployed anywhere in the outfield, making him an ideal fourth outfielder.