Houston Astros 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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McCullers Jr., Lance
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As expected, he Astros included their top two prospects on the roster in RHPs Forrest Whitley and Jose Urquidy. RHP Bryan Torres (No. 5), 3B Abraham Toro (No. 6) and RHP Cristian Javier (No. 8) are their other top prospects to make it. Notably, the Astros were aggressive with their pitching prospects. RHPs Shawn Dubin, Luis Garcia, Nivaldo Rodriguez and Jojanse Torres were included despite not pitching above high Class A Fayetteville last year.
While the Astros were aggressive with their pitching prospects, they were less so with their position players. Top position player prospects Jeremy Pena (No. 3) and Freudis Nova (No. 4) were left off, as was 2019 first-round pick Korey Lee (No. 7).
With Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley departing in free agency and Justin Verlander recovering from groin surgery, the Astros went above and beyond to supplement their pitching staff with a deep group of options. With their position player core stacked as always, they simply didn't need to keep as many of their top position player prospects in reserve.