The next wave of Astros prospects are around the corner.
The offseason is here, and it’s time to start looking ahead. With the Astros inevitably making moves and all the free agents this year, we have to assume this team will love slightly different next season. However, it’s also time to look at some of the weapons the Astros have in their minor league programs.
It’s no secret the Astros have the top pitching prospect in all of baseball, Forrest Whitley. Teams have had their eye on him for a while now for potential trades, but Jeff Lunhow as said he’s not for sale multiple times. So, you have to wonder if this year is the year we get to see Whitley bring his talents to the juice box. Especially with the caliber of a rotation that Houston has, not to mention the bullpen. It’s going to be very interesting to see how and when Forrest gets added to this five-man tandem.
Tuck and Roll
Kyle Tucker is another highly sought-after prospect that the Astros have in their back pocket. Now he actually made his MLB Debut in the 2018 season, and some would say he had a somewhat disappointing season. It was clear Tucker wasn’t ready for the intensity of “The Show,” and he was sent back down the minors where he flourished. One had to hope that Tucker will make his return in the 2019 season and hopefully with better results.
1st Base Potential
Yordan Alvarez is a slugging first baseman, who recently earned a promotion to triple-A. While he’s spent some time in the outfield, his lack of mobility should keep him to a 1B/DH role in the Majors. He’s hit for both power and average in the minors, but he’ll likely see his batting average dip when he enters the major league level. Regardless, there are high hopes for a player his caliber.
Seth Beer is an early draft pick for the Astros this year. He has put up some impressive numbers early on in his career, but he’s also been beating up on mostly younger competition. There is enormous potential for him, especially after his college performance but a lot has remained to be seen. All eyes will be on this top prospect in the coming season.
Cionel Perez is another top prospect who made his MLB debut last season. Again, he wasn’t bad, but it’s clear he needed grooming. With more work with Brent Strom, I’m certain he’ll be a threat in the bullpen. He has a feel for pitching and does an impressive job of commanding his four-pitch mix. His fastball can reach mid 90’s which is always good to see, but he’ll need to switch it up to get those K’s where he wants them.
In conclusion, the Astros have some potential stars in their minor league programs, and it will be very interesting to see how they come into play this season. Will the unstoppable pitching of Whitley bring this pitching rotation to another level? Will Tucker redeem himself in the bigs in 2019? Only time will tell, but everyone will be watching in anticipation for this championship quality team to do very wonderful things and hopefully make another run at the title.