21. Jairo Lopez, RHP
Level: A- DOB: 11/21/00
Lopez was another signing out of Venezuela in the 2017 signing period, though he signed for $300,000. Lopez made his stateside debut in 2019 and definitely made the most of it. He started the year in the GCL and had a 1.09 ERA with 25 K in 24.2 innings. He was promoted to Tri-City, where he pitched 3.3 years younger than average, and had a 1.71 ERA with 36 K in 26.1 innings. He is athletic and has solid stuff but will need to continue to refine his off-speed offerings to stick in the rotation.
22. Tyler Brown, RHP
Level: N/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. He is a big pitcher, standing at 6-4 and 240 lbs which leads some scouts to think he can maybe transition to a starter.
23. 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 star.
24. Jojanse Torres, RHP
Level: A+ DOB: 08/04/95
Torres is a little bit older for the lack of time he has spent in the minors but he has electric stuff that one can easily project in the pen. His fastball can hit 99 and a solid slider. His command is shaky right now but if that improves he will have a solid chance of a making a big league roster. He struck out 107 in 94.2 innings in 2019.
25. Peter Solomon, RHP
Level: A+ DOB: 08/16/96
Solomon was another high upside pick in the 2017 draft. A guy who had electric stuff but control issues. He came into the Astros system and had a great 2018 season (2.32 ERA, 114 K in 100.2 IP). Unfortunately he got hurt early on in 2019 after two starts and missed the rest of the year after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Not sure on his time table to return yet. Solomon has multiple solid pitches including an fastball that can sit mid 90s.
26. Shay Whitcomb, SS
Level: N/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 had success every year in college and continued to improve going from a .869 OPS as a freshman, to a .984 OPS as a sophomore, to a 1.008 OPS as a senior. In 57 games as a sophomore he had 25 doubles and 11 homeruns, showing off some of his power. He has also maintained good walk to strikeout ratios with 84 BB/105 K in 136 college games. Another positive sign, he went to Cape Cod League in 2019 and had 9 2B, 8 HR and a .976 OPS in 34 games.
27. Nathan Perry, C
Level: A- DOB: 07/07/99
Perry was drafted out of Bassett High School in Virginia in the 5th round of the 2017 draft. Perry is a well built catcher, listed at 6’2″ and 195 lbs. Perry has the power for the size and has an aggressive uphill swing. Perry’s ceiling is almost as high as Lee’s. He took big strides in 2019 where he played in Tri-City at just 19 years old and hit 11 2B and 12 HR in 67 games. Some scouts have noted he is a bit slow behind the plate and may move to first base, but for now the Astros will continue to groom him at the catcher position.
28. Taylor Jones, 1B
Level: MLB DOB: 12/06/93
Jones showed signs of a breakout in Double-A in 2018, hitting .314/.409/.528 for Corpus with 13 home runs. He was notably old for the level at age 24, but given his lack of experience as a hitter compared to his peers, his advanced age was a bit less concerning than it would be typically. His upward trajectory continued into 2019, when he clubbed 27 home runs across Double and Triple-A, with 22 of those coming in Round Rock. He’s more or less ready to go and would likely be first on the list for a call-up if the Astros suffered an injury to a corner type.
29. Richi Gonzalez, OF
Level: N/A DOB: 12/29/02
Gonzalez was signed by the Astros in the 2019 International free agent signing period out of the Dominican Republic. Gonzalez is 6-3 and 185 lbs with plenty of projection left. He has the tools to stay in center field and could be a breakout guy in 2021. While there isn’t a ton of information on him right now, he has a lot of upside and will be one to watch.
30. Valente Bellozo, RHP
Level: MLB ETA: 2019 DOB: 06/30/94
Bellozo was really an unknown prospect coming into the 2019 season. He was signed out of Mexico by the Astros in 2017 for an undisclosed amount (but less than $300,000). He pitched well in the DSL in 2018 before making his stateside debut in 2019. He dominated in 2019 posting a 1.70 ERA with 12 BB/69 K in 58.1 innings.