Best Player: OF Kyle Tucker
The Astros’ top prospect tapped into the power the organization felt he exhibited when it drafted him fifth overall in 2015, and the 20-year-old finished his season with 25 home runs across two levels, shattering the total of nine he hit in all of 2016.
Tucker played his final 72 games at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he figures to also begin next year. The lefthanded hitter endured a slump that he broke out of late in the season and finished with a .265/.325/.512 batting line with 16 home runs in 287 Texas League at-bats.
It wasn’t long after his arrival in Double-A before Corpus Christi manager Rodney Linares moved him to the No.3 spot in the Hooks’ lineup. “I think Kyle’s going to be an elite hitter,” Linares said.