Top Prospects No. 21-30

21. Misael Tamarez, RHP

Level: A DOB: 01/16/00

The Astros signed Tamarez out of the Dominican Republic in 2018. He pitched in rookie league in 2019 but has broke out a way in 2021. As a 21 year old in Low-A, he has struck out 64 in 43 innings including 34 K over his last 18 innings. Tamarez has a strong frame at 6-1 and over 200 lbs. His fastball this season has been mid 90s hitting 97 MPH. He also possesses has a changeup and improving slider that can give him a deadly three pitch mix. He has the making of another under the radar pitching prospect who can make an impact in the next couple years.

22. Cristian Gonzalez, SS

Level: A DOB: 10/22/01

Some may see this as an aggressive ranking, but I have seen and heard nothing but good things on Gonzalez. 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 plus arm in the field. Cristian has the ability to hit for some average but has been able to add power to his game already this season at 19 years old. Between rookie ball and Low-A he is hitting .290 with 3 HR this season.

23. Shay Whitcomb, SS

Level: A+ DOB: 09/28/98

Whitcomb was the Astros 5th round pick in the 2020 MLB draft out of UC San Diego. He is a big bodied shortstop, standing at 6-3 and 202 lbs. He is a bat first infielder who stood out offensively in college who hit .315 with .939 OPS in 136 games at UC San Diego. Another positive sign, he went to Cape Cod League in 2019 and had 9 2B, 8 HR and a .976 OPS in 34 games. This year Whitcomb started in Low-A and after .282 with 7 HR, 14 SB he was promoted to High-A where he has continued the power/speed trend with 8 HR and 9 SB. He is versatile and can play all infield positions at a solid level. The next test for him will be in Double-A.

24. Zach Daniels, OF

Level: 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. Daniels started the season in Low-A and hit 6 HR with 14 SB before earning a promotion to High-A.

25. Jonathan Bermudez, LHP

Level: AA DOB: 10/16/95

Bermudez was a 23rd round pick back in 2018. Bermudez put up a solid 2019 season but has really had a breakout 2021. The lefty has posted a 3.34 ERA with 16 BB/98 K in 70 innings in Double-A. Bermudez has a good build at 6-2 and 230 lbs. Bermudez is a smoke and mirrors kind of pitcher (meaning he is deceptive) but still possesses a low 90s fastball with a big sweeping slider and a solid changeup. He knows how to attack hitters and can throw strikes with all three of his pitches. He is 25 years old, but looks like a pitcher who can help the Astros in the near future. You can read more about Bermudez here.

26. Tyler Brown, RHP

Level: A+ DOB: 10/02/98

Brown was drafted by the Astros in the 3rd round of the 2020 draft after dominating college baseball in relief. He was a closer for Vanderbilt for the last two seasons and in 2019 he put up a really good year with 9 BB/65 K in 49.1 innings while picking up 17 saves and a 2.19 ERA. He was off to another good start in 2020 (14 K in 10.2 IP) before COVID cancelled the remainder of the season. Brown has a mid 90s fastball that he mixes with a solid slider and a changeup. Brown is listed at 6-4, 242 lbs and the Astros are using him as a starter. The overall numbers are a little rough but Asheville is a tough place to pitch. He does have 63 K in 59.1 innings this season.

27. Jordan Brewer, OF

Level: A DOB: 08/01/97

An older prospect who took a long route to pro ball, Brewer has a football background and oozes tools including plus plus speed and above average power. Coming off a huge year for Michigan in 2019, he struggled at the plate a bit in his pro debut, but has the potential to impact the game in a number of ways. The hit tool is his biggest question mark as his swing tends to get long, but if he becomes even an average hitter, he could be a legit prospect. This year in Low-A he is hitting .264 with 3 HR, 16 SB.

28. J.C. Correa, INF

Level: 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 started the year in Low-A and slashing .306/.392/.477 in 56 games earning a promotion to High-A. Correa is a solid defender in the infield but he will be carried by his bat. He has a knack for making contact, striking out just 35 times in 68 games this season, but has also drawn 30 walks. He only has 6 HR this season, but has 22 doubles. If he continues to hit, his status will keep rising as he moves into the upper levels.

29. Brett Conine, RHP

Level: AAA 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 posting a 2.20 ERA with 134 K in 114.1 innings. He has a fastball in the low 90s, a slider, curveball, and improving changeup. This year he has struggled some in AAA with a 4.87 ERA, though the numbers have been a little better at home. For more on him, check out this interview.

30. Yainer Diaz, C

Level: A DOB: 09/21/98

Diaz was just acquired by the Astros in the trade that sent Myles Straw to Cleveland. Diaz is a bat first catching prospect but that’s not to say he is a slouch behind the plate. He still has a ways to go receiving but the Astros have done well developing the defensive side of catchers and will hopefully do the same with Diaz. He also possesses an above average arm. At the plate, he has a has a nice approach to all fields and the ability to hit for average. This year he is hitting .321 with a .833 OPS in 64 games in Low-A.