21. Michael Knorr, RHP
Level: Rookie DOB: 05/12/00
The Astros drafted Knorr in the 3rd round of the 2022 draft. Knorr spent his first three seasons at Cal State Fullerton before moving to Coastal Carolina for his senior year where he struck out 86 in 69 innings. Knorr has a fastball that reaches 98 MPH and a good changeup. He also has some deception in his delivery and if he can command his fastball a bit better, he can move up the system pretty quickly with his fastball/changeup combination.
22. Shawn Dubin, RHP
Level: Triple-A 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. After a dominant 2019 season, Dubin put together a great 2021 showcasing his abilitiles with 69 K in just 49.2 innings. 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. He has struggled to stay healthy this year though. You can read my interview with Dubin here.
23. Luke Berryhill, C
Level: Double-A DOB: 05/28/98
Berryhill, originally drafted by the Reds and traded to the Astros last off-season. After making some adjustments on advisement from Astros coaches, he turned in a phenomenal 2021 season. He had a career year posting a .974 OPS with a 159 wRC+ in 73 games across three different levels. Berryhill has flashed above average raw power and the potential to work counts and draw walks. Behind the plate, he has above average arm strength and is a good receiver. You can read more on him here.
24. Logan Cerny, OF
Level: Single-A DOB: 09/28/99
Cerny was acquired by the Astros in the deal that sent Garrett Stubbs to Philadelphia. Cerny is a toolsy prospect who comes with a power/speed combination. The wiry outfielder, drafted in the 10th round by the Phillies, has plus speed on the bases and in the outfield. He has some swing and miss in his game but was still able to post an OPS over .800 in his first full season and have success on the bases stealing 35 in 86 games. His speed and defense will allow him to stick in center field as he moves up the system.
— Astros Future (@AstrosFuture) April 13, 2022
25. Trey Dombroski, LHP
Level: Rookie DOB: 03/13/01
Dombroski was drafted by the Astros in the 4th round of the 2022 draft after a standout career at Monmouth University, including 14 BB/130 K in 95 innings as a junior. The lefty stands at 6’5″ and 235 lbs. While he doesn’t blow you away with his stuff, he really knows how to pitch and has very good command. He has a low 90s fastball but mixes in two very good breaking pitches. He immediately becomes one of the better command pitchers in the Astros system.
26. Will Wagner, 3B
Level: Double-A DOB: 07/29/98
Wagner was an 18th round pick by the Astros in 2021, but looking like a steal to get him so late. The son of former Astros closer Billy Wagner, Will is a right handed thrower, lefty swinger. He plays primarily second and third base in the infield, but has moved around a bit. He is an advanced hitter who has a good command of the strike zone and makes a lot of contact. He will have to hit for a little bit more power but the bat to ball and on-base skills will take him far too. Read more here.
— Astros Future (@AstrosFuture) August 14, 2022
27. Joey Loperfido, OF
Level: High-A DOB: 05/11/99
Loperfido was drafted in the 2021 draft after putting together a really good senior season. The lefty hitting Loperfido has the ability to work counts, draw walks and make a lot of contact. He has some power which he is still getting into in the games but has seen an uptick over the last few months. Loperfido possesses above average athleticism which shows on the bases and in the field. This season he has played at first and second base as well as all three outfield positions. Read more here.
— Astros Future (@AstrosFuture) May 18, 2022
28. Edinson Batista, RHP
Level: Single-A DOB: 05/19/02
Signed a free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2019, Batista struggled a bit early on but has had a breakout season to this point. The right hander has a low to mid 90s fastball but features a wipeout slider that generates a ton of swings and misses right now. He also has a curveball and a changeup which are still a work in progress, as is his command. But the size and pitches are there for him to succeed at the higher levels.
Another dominant performance from Edinson Batista:
5 IP | 2 H | 0 R | 2 BB | 8 K
— Astros Future (@AstrosFuture) August 11, 2022
29. J.C. Correa, C
Level: High-A DOB: 09/15/98
J.C. is known by many because he is Carlos Correa‘s younger brother, but he is a legitimate prospect in his own right. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2020 after a solid college career at Lamar. Correa put together a good season offensively in 2021 slashing .310/.368/.464 with 32 2B, 9 HR. This off-season, Correa made a position change to catcher and has been working on that in 2022. He has shown a solid arm behind the plate but still working on the blocking/receiving part. The bat is still crushing though with an OPS approaching .900 in High-A.
30. Cristian Gonzalez, SS
Level: High-A DOB: 10/22/01
Gonzalez hasn’t really shown it on the field, but he has a ton of upside. The 6-3 shortstop was signed out of Dominican Republic in 2018. He is only listed at 180 lbs and still has plenty of room to grow. Gonzalez is solid defensively at shortstop but possesses a an absolute cannon for an arm. Cristian has the ability to hit for some average but has been able to add power to his game already at just 20 years old.