Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018 Astros Minor League Player Profiles

With over 140 minor league player profiles or mini-profiles written up in the last few weeks, I wanted to consolidate all of that information into one place and make it easy to refer back to, so I will be pinning this post to the front page of the blog so that you (and I) can find these easily throughout the 2018 season. These profiles include top 30 talents, emerging prospects that I like and a few players whose abilities project as boom, bust or fizzle. As I wrote in the final post of the series:
Although I have covered over 140 players in these posts, there will be someone in the system who will emerge seemingly from nowhere to wow us. That is the beauty of baseball. Everyone from the number one pick to the 40th draft pick to the Rule 5 draft pick to the non-drafted free agent to the top international prospect to the undersized Venezuelan kid who signed for $15,000 -- all of them get the chance to put on a uniform and show us what they can do. Some will outperform their talent by sheer force of will and work ethic. And some top talents will slowly fade away. It can be enthralling to watch an underdog succeed and it can be heartbreaking to see a favorite prospect fail. But watching that journey is a blast.
Click on the position to view all of the profiles listed. Click on the player's name to view their Baseball-Reference page.

SHORTSTOPS - 1/4/18
Jonathan Arauz
Cody Bohanek
Duery Carrasco
Yorbin Ceuta
Freudis Nova
Miguelangel Sierra
Kristian Trompiz

SECOND BASE - 1/11/18
Alfredo Angarita
Ryne Birk
Jeury Castillo
Alex DeGoti
Nick Tanielu
Ronaldo Urdaneta
Enmanuel Valdez
Marco Van der Wijst

FIRST BASE - 1/18/18
Jake Adams
Yordan Alvarez
Roman Garcia
Colton Shaver
Troy Sieber
Angel Tejeda

THIRD BASE - 1/25/18
Randy Cesar
Sean Mendoza
Freudis Nova (included with shortstops)
Joe Perez
Yeuris Ramirez
Josh Rojas
Abraham Toro-Hernandez
Adrian Tovalin

CENTERFIELD - 2/9/18
Wilyer Abreu
Yefri Carrillo
Gilberto Celestino
Yimmi Cortabarria
Drew Ferguson
Jake Meyers
Andy Pineda
Franklin Pinto
Juan Ramirez
Ramiro Rodriguez
Myles Straw
Kyle Tucker

RIGHT FIELD - 2/15/18
Carmen Benedetti
Bryan de la Cruz
Leonardo Gonzalez
Corey Julks
Carlos Machado
Patrick Mathis
Chas McCormick
Luis Payano
Ronny Rafael
Stephen Wrenn

LEFT FIELD - 2/22/18
Yordan Alvarez (included with first base)
Wilson Amador
Ronnie Dawson
Alejandro Garcia
Jon Kemmer
J.J. Matijevic
Kendy Moya

CATCHERS - 3/2/18
Jose Alvarez
Brandon Benavente
Gabriel Bracamonte
Jose Carrillo
Orlando Marquez
Michael Papierski
Nathan Perry
Lorenzo Quintana
Jamie Ritchie
Chuckie Robinson
Nerio Rodriguez
Garrett Stubbs

UTILITY PLAYERS - 3/9/18
Marcos Almonte
Jack Mayfield
Others who may play up in a utility role who were covered elsewhere:
Alfredo Angarita (2B Post)
Jose Carrillo (C Post)
Jeury Castillo (2B Post)
Alex DeGoti (2B Post)
Drew Ferguson (CF Post)
Sean Mendoza (3B Post)
Kendy Moya (LF Post)
Josh Rojas (3B Post)
Kristian Trompiz (SS Post)
Ronaldo Urdaneta (2B Post)

LEFT-HANDED PITCHERS - 3/15/18
Brett Adcock
Adam Bleday
Ryan Hartman
Ricardo Leon
Denilson Lugo
Parker Musinski
Javier Navas
Chris Nunn
Cionel Perez
Antonio Pujols
Patrick Sandoval
Kit Scheetz
Sean Stutzman
Framber Valdez
Alex Winkelman

RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS - 3/22/18
Jesus Balaguer
Jose Betances
Robert Corniel
Dean Deetz
Luis de Paula
Jacob Dorris
Brock Dykxhoorn
Brendan Feldman
Justin Ferrell
Riley Ferrell
Angel Heredia
Nick Hernandez
Kevin Hill
Hunter Martin
Brendan McCurry
Colin McKee
Erasmo Pinales
Matt Ramsey
Carlos Sierra
Peter Solomon
Andrew Thome
Ryan Thompson

RIGHT-HANDED STARTERS - 3/29/18
Jorge Alcala
Rogelio Armenteros
Brandon Bailey
Brandon Bielak
Ronel Blanco
Akeem Bostick
Jose Bravo
J.B. Bukauskas
Humberto Castellanos
Chad Donato
Tanner Duncan
Fredis Guerrero
Jose Antonio Hernandez
Jose Luis Hernandez
Tyler Ivey
Josh James
Cristian Javier
Carson LaRue
Angel Macuare
Ronaldo Marrero
Corbin Martin
Fredy Medina
Christian Mejias
Wender Oberto
Angel Ortega
Enoli Paredes
Hector Perez
Yoanys Quiala
Yohan Ramirez
Juan Robles
Elian Rodriguez
Leovanny Rodriguez
Nivaldo Rodriguez
Cesar Rosado
Matt Ruppenthal
Abdiel Saldana
Jairo Solis
Heitor Tokar
Forrest Whitley


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