2018 Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects

Astros Top 10 Prospects
1. Forrest Whitley, RHP
2. Kyle Tucker, OF
3. Yordan Alvarez, 1B/OF
4. J.B. Bukauskas, RHP
5. Freudis Nova, SS/3B
6. Jairo Solis, RHP
7. Hector Perez, RHP
8. Jorge Alcala, RHP
9. David Paulino, RHP
10. J.D. Davis, 3B

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For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: 1B Yuli Gurriel (8) and OF Derek Fisher (9).

Trending: 🔻 The next wave of talent looks promising but is unproven at higher levels.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: Even after graduating righthanders Francis Martes and (the now-traded) Joe Musgrove and trading away righty Franklin Perez, the Astros still have a number of high-ceiling pitching prospects, led by the precocious Forrest Whitley--a potential front-of-the-rotation starter. Houston has plenty of versatility as well. Righties J.B. Bukauskas, Hector Perez, Jorge Alcala and David Paulino, who all rank inside the top 10, all could be starters or relievers.

Weaknesses: The Astros came into 2017 with a healthy surplus of outfielders throughout the upper levels of the system. After trading away Teoscar Hernandez, Daz Cameron, Preston Tucker, Jason Martin, and Ramon Laureano and graduating Derek Fisher, Houston has Kyle Tucker--but not nearly as many solid bats with defensive versatility at the upper levels.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Pure Hitter: Kyle Tucker.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Yordan Alvarez.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Myles Straw..
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Myles Straw.
🔸Best Athlete: Yordan Alvarez.
🔸Best Fastball: Jorge Alcala.
🔸Best Curveball: Framber Valdez.
🔸Best Slider: Forrest Whitley.
🔸Best Changeup: Forrest Whitley.
🔸Best Control: Rogelio Armenteros.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Garrett Stubbs.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Freudis Nova.
🔸Best INF Arm: J.D. Davis.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Gilberto Celestino.
🔸Best OF Arm: Myles Straw.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Garrett Stubbs (26)
🔸1B Yordan Alvarez (24)
🔸2B Jose Altuve (31)
🔸3B Alex Bregman (27)
🔸SS Carlos Correa (26)
🔸LF Derek Fisher (27)
🔸CF George Springer (31)
🔸RF Kyle Tucker (24)
🔸DH J.D. Davis (27)
🔸SP Forrest Whitley (23)
🔸SP Lance McCullers Jr. (27)
🔸SP Justin Verlander (38)
🔸SP Dallas Keuchel (33)
🔸SP Gerrit Cole (30)
🔸CL Jorge Alcala (25)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: C J.R. Towles (Did Not Play) | WAR: 0.0
🔸2009: C Jason Castro (Twins) | WAR: 12.1
🔸2010: C Jason Castro (Twins) | WAR: **
🔸2011: RHP Jordan Lyles (Padres) | WAR: -3.5
🔸2012: 1B/OF Jonathan Singleton (Astros) | WAR: -1.0
🔸2013: SS Carlos Correa (Astros) | WAR: 16.3
🔸2014: SS Carlos Correa (Astros) | WAR: **
🔸2015: SS Carlos Correa (Astros) | WAR: **
🔸2016: 1B A.J. Reed (Astros) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: RHP Francis Martes (Astros) | WAR: -0.9

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: C Jason Castro (Twins) | WAR: 12.1
🔸2009: SS Jio Mier (Mets) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (Braves) | WAR: 0.5
🔸2011: OF George Springer (Astros) | WAR: 15.7
🔸2012: SS Carlos Correa (Astros) | WAR: 16.3
🔸2013: RHP Mark Appel (Phillies) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: LHP Brady Aiken (Did Not Sign, Indians) | WAR: N/A
🔸2015: SS Alex Bregman (Astros) | WAR: 5.8
🔸2016: RHP Forrest Whitley (Astros) | Top 10
🔸2017: RHP J.B. Bukauskas (Astros) | Top 10


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