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  1. 1. Korey Lee | C
    Korey Lee
    Born: Jul 25, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: California, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Tom Costic.
    Minors: .277/.340/.438 | 11 HR | 4 SB | 329 AB

    Lee's first full pro season began with an unaggressive High A assignment, but that was the last speed-bump he's faced in an impressive 2021. He's embraced the switch to a one-knee setup, and is relatively quiet with his hands and body behind the plate. He has a plus-plus arm. At the plate, he's simplified his stance as well. It's all paying off in a big year, as he's showing the ability to work counts while being just aggressive enough to get to his above-average power. Lee has shown some defensive versatility—he's played a little first and third, and he has a shot to be an everyday catcher.

  2. 2. Jeremy Pena | SS
    Jeremy Pena
    Born: Sep 22, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: Maine, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Bobby St. Pierre.
    Minors: .297/.362/.579 | 10 HR | 6 SB | 145 AB

    Peña could have had a breakout season in 2021. He's continued to get stronger and drive the ball with more authority as he's matured, and he continues to be an excellent defender at shortstop, but he's missing the entire season as he recovers from left wrist surgery. He still could fit into the Astros' 2022 MLB plans as either a regular or a versatile infield backup, and the trade of Abraham Toro makes that possibility even more likely.

  3. 3. Pedro Leon | SS
    Pedro Leon
    Born: May 28, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2021.
    Signed By: Charlie Gonzalez.
    Minors: .220/.339/.369 | 9 HR | 18 SB | 255 AB

    A finger injury has cut Leon's debut season in the U.S. short, but before he went down to injury Leon was showing plenty of signs of being a dynamic up-the-middle player. Making his U.S. debut after a long layoff since coming to the States from Cuba, he struggled in May, but from June on, he looked much more comfortable at the plate while also learning shortstop in on-the-job training. Leon looks more comfortable in center field, but there are signs he may be able to play in the dirt. His footwork and actions at shortstop are understandably works in progress, but he did show improvement.

  4. 4. Hunter Brown | RHP
    Hunter Brown
    Born: Aug 29, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 203
    Drafted/Signed: Wayne State, 2019 (5th round).
    Signed By: Scott Oberhelman.
    Minors: 6-5 | 4.04 ERA | 131 SO | 50 BB | 101 IP

    Brown can be baffling. At times, he can dot the black with a mid-90s fastball that doesn't force the catcher to move his mitt. At other times, he'll bounce a 3-1 pitch in front of the plate. His consistency isn't always there yet, but his fastball and breaking ball give him a pair of potential big league weapons.

  5. 5. Forrest Whitley | RHP
    Forrest Whitley
    Born: Sep 15, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 238
    Drafted/Signed: HS--San Antonio, 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Noel Gonzales-Luna.

    This is a lost season for Whitley as he's rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. But the surgery can also potentially serve as a reset for the righthander. Whitley's last string of extended success was back in 2018. Since then, he's struggled with control issues, ineffectiveness and injuries. If his arm strength and velocity return to his pre-injury levels, he still has to refine the control that was giving him issues in order to regain the form that once made him one of the game's best pitching prospects.

  6. 6. Joe Perez | 3B
    Joe Perez
    Born: Aug 12, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Charlie Gonzalez.
    Minors: .291/.354/.495 | 18 HR | 3 SB | 430 AB

    Perez has been playing catch-up ever since he was drafted. A righthander/third baseman in high school, Perez missed all of his 2017 debut season and almost all of the 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He then looked utterly lost in 2019 in short-season ball. The Astros started him off slowly, letting him get comfortable in Low-A before promoting him to High-A. He torched the High A East league—hitting better away from the short fences of his home Asheville park—before being promoted again to Double-A. Perez has a similar profile to that of former Astros prospect J.D. Davis. He's a third baseman with limited range but a plus-plus arm, and he hits for power but will struggle to hit for average.

  7. 7. Alex Santos | RHP
    Alex Santos
    Born: Feb 10, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS—Bronx, N.Y., 2020 (2nd rd supp).
    Signed By: Bobby St. Pierre.
    Minors: 2-2 | 3.46 ERA | 48 SO | 30 BB | 42 IP

    Santos' consistency has a long way to go, but his low-90s fastball has been tweaked to generate life up above hitters' bats and he's working on a hard, short low-80s slider to go with his more advanced changeup. He has the makings of three pitches, but he has battled his control.

  8. 8. Jake Meyers | OF
    Jake Meyers
    Born: Jun 18, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .343/.408/.598 | 16 HR | 10 SB | 271 AB

    Meyers has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season for the Astros. The further he gets away from splitting his college time between hitting and pitching,the more comfortable he looks at the plate. Meyers had never slugged over .500 in a season, but now he's traded ground balls for more stinging line drives and the results are average and power. An above-average defender in center field, Meyers has a plausible path to at least a fourth outfielder role, with a shot to be a regular.

  9. 9. Jaime Melendez | RHP
    Jaime Melendez
    Born: Sep 26, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Miguel Pintor.
    Minors: 4-6 | 3.57 ERA | 90 SO | 33 BB | 58 IP

    Signed out of Mexico in 2019, Melendez is a short (5-foot-8) but filled out (190 pounds) righthander with the ability to mix four average to above-average pitches. His 91-94 mph fastball has life at the top of the zone and he can also make hitters swing and miss with a mid-80s slider. He also mixes in a hard change and a curve. He's taken well to the Astros tandem-starter approach, earning a promotion to Asheville.

  10. 10. Tyler Ivey | RHP
    Tyler Ivey
    Born: May 12, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Grayson (Texas) JC, 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Jim Stevenson.
    Minors: 0-1 | 4.15 ERA | 16 SO | 9 BB | 13 IP

    Ivey has barely pitched this year because of a sore arm. If he can return to health, he has more starter traits than most of the Astros' current pitching prospects thanks to his control of his fastball and his ability to work it in and out, up and down. He doesn't overpower with his fastball but the combination of it and his above-average breaking ball works well together.

  11. 11. Tyler Whitaker | OF
    Tyler Whitaker
    Born: Aug 2, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Ryan Leake.
    Minors: .202/.263/.327 | 3 HR | 8 SB | 104 AB

    The Astros were thrilled to see Whitaker last until their first pick in the 2021 draft—their punishment for illegal sign-stealing meant they didn't pick until pick 87. They saved money later in the draft to be able to pay Whitaker, an athletic right fielder with plus power, a plus arm and plus speed.

  12. 12. Grae Kessinger | SS
    Grae Kessinger
    Born: Aug 25, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 204
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Travis Coleman.
    Minors: .209/.287/.330 | 9 HR | 12 SB | 297 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Running: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Kessinger's father Kevin played in the minors for the Cubs, and his uncle Keith played in the majors. His grandfather Don has the most accomplished baseball career in the family as a six-time all-star shortstop for the Cubs before becoming Mississippi's coach. Grae signed with the Astros for $750,000 as a second-rounder in 2019. With the 2020 season canceled, Kessinger focused on his conditioning before heading to instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Kessinger is a fundamentally sound player who gets the most out of tools that grade mostly as 40s and 50s. It starts with good bat control, pitch recognition and a disciplined offensive approach, enabling him to make frequent contact with all pitch types and draw walks. He has below-average raw power, but he hits the ball hard and his feel for the barrel could enable him to produce sneaky pop later, especially if he's able to gets his hips and legs into his swing more. An average runner and thrower, Kessinger doesn't have the typical first-step burst and range scouts prefer at shortstop. He reads the ball well off the bat and is a reliable defender on balls he gets to, so second or third base could work.

    THE FUTURE: Some scouts see Kessinger as a future utilityman with risk he could hit a wall against upper-level pitchers.

  13. 13. Shawn Dubin | RHP
    Shawn Dubin
    Born: Sep 6, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 171
    Drafted/Signed: Georgetown (Ky.), 2018 (13th round).
    Signed By: Travis Coleman.
    Minors: 4-3 | 3.44 ERA | 69 SO | 19 BB | 50 IP

    TRACK RECORD: When Buffalo shut down its baseball program, Dubin transferred to NAIA Georgetown (Ky.) for his senior year. After signing with the Astros for $1,000 in 2018, he added velocity in 2019 and led the high Class A Carolina League with 132 strikeouts in just 98.2 innings. The Astros brought him to their alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Dubin came into pro ball with a fast arm. With added weight, he now pitches at 92-96 mph and can hit 99 with late riding life when he pitches up in the zone. Dubin's slider is his key pitch. It's a plus offering with tight rotation and good tilt when it's on, but it can be inconsistent and has a shorter, cutter-like break at times. His solid-average curveball and fringe-average changeup round out his repertoire. Dubin has some effort in his delivery and struggled to throw strikes in college. He has fringe-average control and has kept his walks reasonable, if still a tick high.

    THE FUTURE: Dubin has a chance to start. Along with his mechanics, the way his fastball and slider would play up in short stints leads some scouts to think he's better suited for a bullpen role.

  14. 14. Jairo Solis | RHP
    Jairo Solis
    Born: Dec 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 209
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Oz Ocampo/Tom Shafer/Roman Ocumarez/Enrique Brito.

    TRACK RECORD: Solis signed with the Astros for $450,000 after touching 91 mph as a 16-year-old. He quickly advanced to the low Class A Midwest League at 18, but he suffered an elbow injury and missed the end of the 2018 season and all of 2019 after having Tommy John surgery. Solis returned to pitch at instructional league in 2020 and showed enough that the Astros added him to the 40-man roster.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Solis rose quickly as one of the Astros' most promising pitchers, especially given his starter traits relative to some of the organization's hard-throwing but erratic arms. At his best, Solis pitched with good angle on a lively fastball sitting at 91-95 mph and reaching 98. He was back to working in the low-to-mid 90s at instructs in 2020. Solis flashes an above-average changeup with late tumble and he has shown a feel for both a curveball and slider, though they can get slurvy. He's an athletic pitcher who has shown solid control at times, though it escapes him at other times.

    THE FUTURE: The arrows pointed in the right direction once Solis got back on the mound in 2020. He could reach Double-A by the end of 2021.

  15. 15. Jordan Brewer | OF
    Jordan Brewer
    Born: Aug 1, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Michigan, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Scott Oberhelman.
    Minors: .275/.375/.410 | 6 HR | 21 SB | 251 AB

    TRACK RECORD: After starring in football and baseball in high school, Brewer went to Lincoln Trail (Ill.) JC for two seasons before transferring to Michigan. Swing adjustments helped him take off and become the 2019 Big Ten player of the year as he led the Wolverines to the College World Series finals. The Astros took him in the third round and signed him for $500,000. Brewer scuffled in his pro debut and missed time with a toe injury, then had left knee surgery in April 2020 that kept him off the field the entire year.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Brewer has the backward profile of a lefthanded thrower who bats righthanded. While he hit well at Michigan, his tools stand out more than his pure hitting ability. He's a potential power/speed threat in center field, with his power and wheels both grading out plus. Brewer has worked to better incorporate his lower half into his swing, but it's not the most adjustable stroke, which leaves him with holes. Brewer has the speed for center field but mostly played on the corners at Michigan.

    THE FUTURE: Brewer's athleticism and history of making swing changes bode well, but his bat will be tested by better pitching. He should be ready for the start of spring training in 2021.

  16. 16. Matthew Barefoot | OF
    Matthew Barefoot
    Born: Sep 20, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Minors: .258/.311/.477 | 20 HR | 21 SB | 396 AB

    Barefoot has hit for average and power at two Class A stops this year. He projects most likely as a platoon/fourth outfielder who could be an everyday left fielder if his power continues to improve. Most likely he's a tweener of sorts because his arm and defense in center are iffy and his gap power will be stretched in left. He does have a solid approach, though, and should hit for average.

  17. 17. Alex McKenna | OF
    Alex McKenna
    Born: Sep 6, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Tim Costic.
    Minors: .261/.356/.478 | 15 HR | 8 SB | 295 AB

    Like Barefoot, McKenna is a fourth-outfielder candidate, but their approaches are somewhat different. McKenna is looking to do damage with every swing, seeing plenty of strikeouts as the price of admission for making an impact. He has a better shot of being playable in center field than Barefoot.

  18. 18. Chayce McDermott | RHP
    Chayce McDermott
    Born: Aug 22, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 197
    Minors: 0-0 | 2.95 ERA | 40 SO | 11 BB | 22 IP

    McDermott has bounced back nicely from Tommy John surgery. He has plenty of stuff with a 92-96 mph fastball to go with a slider and curveball. Now he needs to improve his control and command.

  19. 19. Peter Solomon | RHP
    Peter Solomon
    Born: Aug 16, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 201
    Drafted/Signed: Notre Dame, 2017 (4th round).
    Signed By: Nick Venuto.
    Minors: 8-1 | 4.70 ERA | 112 SO | 42 BB | 98 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Solomon turned in a dominant performance in the Cape Cod League after his sophomore year, but he stumbled as a junior at Notre Dame was demoted to the bullpen. The Astros still took him in the fourth round in 2017 and developed him as a starter. Solomon flourished in pro ball, but he made just two starts at high Class A Fayetteville in 2019 before having season-ending Tommy John surgery. The Astros added him to their 40-man roster after the 2020 season despite the missed time.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Solomon finished his rehab and showed the same stuff he had before the operation. He has a four-pitch arsenal topped by a fastball that sits in the low-to-mid 90s with late riding life to hop over bats. He has a pair of breaking balls in a downer curveball that flashes above-average and a fringe-average slider, and he also has a below-average changeup that has taken a back seat to other development priorities. Solomon struggled with walks in college but was better in pro ball prior to surgery.

    THE FUTURE: Solomon is set to return to official games in 2021. He has a chance to develop into a backof-the-rotation starter, though his eventual ticket to the big leagues might come through a bullpen role.

  20. 20. Colin Barber | OF
    Colin Barber
    Born: Dec 4, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 194
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Chico, Calif., 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Tim Costic.
    Minors: .214/.365/.452 | 3 HR | 1 SB | 42 AB

    Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Running: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Barber signed an above-slot deal of $1 million with the Astros as a fourth-round pick in 2019. With the 2020 minor league season canceled, Barber's summer started in Joliet, Ill., where he was one of the youngest hitters in the independent City of Champions Cup league. Later on, the Astros added Barber to their alternate training site, where he was the youngest player in camp, then in the fall went to instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Barber is a focused, diligent worker with a fast bat and above-average raw power. He takes a fairly simple, direct cut from the left side that produces hard contact, albeit with some swing and miss. He has had a tendency to roll over with his top hand, leading to too many grounders to his pull side, but he has worked to stay through the ball better, which should help his power show up more in games. He has a patient approach, sometimes to the point where scouts would like to see him be more aggressive on pitches he can drive. Barber is an above-average runner with a chance to stick in center field with an average arm that could play in right field.

    THE FUTURE: Barber's potential stands out in a farm system that's light on young position players. An assignment to one of Houston's Class A clubs is where he will likely start in 2021.

  21. 21. Dauri Lorenzo | SS
    Dauri Lorenzo
    Born: Oct 29, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Roman Ocumarez/Francisco Ulloa/Leocadio Guevara.
    Minors: .248/.316/.312 | 1 HR | 5 SB | 141 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Lorenzo landed a $1.8 million bonus as Houston's top international signing in 2019. His pro debut was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but he held his own in instructional league. He faced a stable of hard-throwing pitchers with full-season experience and got work at Dominican instructs.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lorenzo shows a knack for slowing the game down and managing his at-bats with a mature approach for his age, even against much more advanced pitchers than he was accustomed to facing. He's an offensive-minded shortstop whose strengths should be putting the ball in play and getting on base. A switch-hitter with a better swing and more rhythm from the right side, Lorenzo has good bat-toball skills, keeps the barrel through the hitting zone a long time and uses his hands well in his swing, with the ability to adjust even when he drifts open early. He's mostly a line-drive hitter with doubles power, and while he got stronger in 2020, he doesn't project to be a big power threat. Lorenzo has solid-average speed and arm strength, but he doesn't have the quick-burst athleticism or instincts of other shortstops, so he most likely ends up at second base.

    THE FUTURE: Lorenzo will still be the same age as a high school senior next season. He should open in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

  22. 22. Zach Daniels | OF
    Zach Daniels
    Born: Jan 23, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Tennessee, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Landon Townsley.
    Minors: .224/.342/.358 | 9 HR | 22 SB | 313 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Daniels showed exciting tools but piled up strikeouts his first two seasons at Tennessee, hitting .161/.339/.344 as a freshman, then .200/.262/.417 as a sophomore and his struggles continued that summer in the Cape Cod League. He began 2020 like he was on the verge of a breakthrough, batting .357/.478/.750 through 17 games until the coronavirus pandemic shut the season down before Southeastern Conference play. The Astros bought into his improvement and drafted him in the fourth round, signing him for $400,000 before he went to instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Daniels has the loudest combination of tools and athleticism in the Astros' system. He's a power sprinter with plus-plus speed, running the 60-yard dash under 6.4 seconds. He's an explosive, quick-twitch athlete with the strength and bat speed to drive the ball with plus raw power in batting practice, but whether it will click in games is a question mark. His swing isn't long, but there is extra noise in his trigger and his swing path doesn't keep his barrel in the zone for long, leading to lots of swings and misses. Daniels has the speed to play center field and an average arm, but he moved around all three outfield spots at Tennessee and spent most of his junior year at DH.

    THE FUTURE: Daniels' glimmer of offensive performance gives hope he may be starting to turn the corner, with athleticism that should help him make adjustments. He's likely to open 2021 in low Class A.

  23. 23. Jojanse Torres | RHP
    Jojanse Torres
    Born: Aug 4, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Roman Ocumarez.
    Minors: 0-3 | 7.32 ERA | 23 SO | 19 BB | 20 IP

    TRACK RECORD: The Astros haven't shied away from signing pitchers in their late teens or early 20s in a Latin American scouting world focused on 16-year-old signings. Even for the Astros, Torres was older for a Dominican signing when they inked him for $150,000 at 22. Torres made the signing look prescient with a strong full-season debut at the Class A levels in 2019. He was with the major league team for exhibition games in July, but elbow issues prevented him from pitching during the regular season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Torres ran his fastball up to 98 mph that first year in the DSL in 2018, then in 2019 was regularly touching 100 mph. Torres has a huge fastball that stands out in a system deep with power arms. His heater sits 95-100 mph and he throws it with an aggressive, grip-it-and-rip-it approach. He shows feel for a changeup that has good velocity separation off his fastball. It has the best chance among his offspeed stuff to develop into a solid-average or better pitch. Torres also throws a slider and curveball that are both inconsistent. He has overpowered lower-level competition, but his control needs to get better against more discerning hitters.

    THE FUTURE: Torres has just 135 innings with the Astros, so there's some hope his control and secondary feel can improve. The most likely outcome is a reliever, with Double-A probably his next stop.

  24. 24. Brett Conine | RHP
    Brett Conine
    Born: Oct 16, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Cal State Fullerton, 2018 (11th round).
    Signed By: Ryan Leake.
    Minors: 8-4 | 5.66 ERA | 83 SO | 43 BB | 99 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Conine has a chance to make an unusual transformation from college closer to major league starter. After saving 25 games over three years at Cal State Fullerton, Conine spent his first full season with the Astros as a starter and went 8-4, 2.20 as he climbed to Double-A. The Astros brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 and he continued to progress before wrapping up in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Conine doesn't fit the profile of a typical former closer. He relies on mixing four pitches and throwing strikes rather than overpowering anyone. Conine's fastball ranges from 90-95 mph. He backs it up with a solid-average curveball that's his go-to pitch for a strikeout and an average changeup he has the confidence to throw against lefties and righties. Conine sprinkles in a fringe-average slider, though it's more of an early-count offering that doesn't miss as many bats as his curve. His control could be plus and he's adept at moving the ball around the zone.

    THE FUTURE: Conine will open 2021 in the upper levels and could make his major league debut during the season. He has the potential to stick around as a back-end starter.

  25. 25. Spencer Arrighetti | RHP
    Spencer Arrighetti
    Born: Jan 22, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 186
    Minors: 3-2 | 2.63 ERA | 22 SO | 2 BB | 14 IP

    If the Astros can help Arrighetti, a crafty righthander with four pitches, find some additional velocity in pro ball, he could fly up this list.

  26. 26. Jimmy Endersby | RHP
    Jimmy Endersby
    Born: Jan 16, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 194
    Minors: 7-7 | 3.90 ERA | 110 SO | 53 BB | 97 IP

    Endersby has the kind of backspinning, up-in-the-zone fastball carry that the Astros love, and his repertoire is even more enticing now that he's added a usable slider.

  27. 27. Freudis Nova | SS
    Freudis Nova
    Born: Jan 12, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Oz Ocampo/Roman Ocumarez/Jose Lima.
    Minors: .224/.301/.335 | 4 HR | 9 SB | 254 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Nova was one of the top players in the 2016 international class and signed with the Astros for $1.2 million. He reached low Class A Quad Cities in 2019, where his athleticism and raw tools stood out more than his performance. At instructional league in 2020, Nova left scouts disappointed between his declining athleticism and performance, but the Astros still added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Nova didn't show the same quick-twitch to his actions that he had shown in the past, a concern for a player whose value has been tied more to his tools than his pure hitting ability. Nova does have solid-average raw power to pull a fastball over the fence when a pitcher makes a mistake, but he struggles with pitch recognition and his free-swinging approach gets him in trouble. Nova has a strong arm for the left side of the diamond, but he has slowed down as he's filled out, leading to more concerns that he's a third baseman rather than a shortstop, with hands that need improvement to stick in the dirt.

    THE FUTURE: Youth is still on Nova's side to rebound as he enters his age-20 season and returns to the structure of a normal year. The 2021 season will be critical for his prospect status.

  28. 28. Brayan De Paula | LHP
    Brayan De Paula
    Born: Jun 25, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 175
    Minors: 2-3 | 4.14 ERA | 74 SO | 34 BB | 59 IP

    A sinker/slider reliever, De Paula antagonizes hitters by throwing slider after slider. He can manipulate it, making it harder or slurvier depending on the situation.

  29. 29. Tyler Brown | RHP
    Tyler Brown
    Born: Oct 2, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 242
    Drafted/Signed: Vanderbilt, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Landon Townsley.
    Minors: 4-8 | 6.95 ERA | 108 SO | 56 BB | 91 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Brown probably could have started at another school, but he pitched in relief for a Vanderbilt team that won the 2019 College World Series with one of the best rotations in the country. After the 2020 coronavirus pandemic cut his junior year short, Brown signed with the Astros for $577,000 as a third-round pick.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Brown has a deeper repertoire than most relievers, operating off a fastball that sits 91-94 mph and can reach 96. He throws frequent strikes with his fastball and complements it with an above-average slider, an average changeup and a slightly below-average curve. It's a starter's pitch mix, but Brown had Tommy John surgery in high school and some scouts think his delivery is better suited to relief.

    THE FUTURE: Brown will likely begin his career as a tandem starter at one of the Class A levels in 2021. His pitch mix gives him a chance to start and he has a fallback as a potential high-leverage reliever if he ends up in the bullpen.

  30. 30. Michael Horrell | RHP
    Michael Horrell
    Born: Dec 18, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 0-1 | 2.21 ERA | 47 SO | 25 BB | 53 IP

    Horrell was a late-round (30th) find out of Campbell. The Astros shared Campbell's stadium in Buies Creek, N.C., while waiting for their Fayetteville stadium to be built. Out of that, they ended up drafting Matthew Barefoot (16th on this list) and Horrell. A senior sign, Horrell has moved quickly because of one above-average pitch. Horrell's cutter has enough movement that he can throw it again and again. He's a pure reliever profile, but one who is moving quickly, having just gotten a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi.

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