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2018 Astros Minor League Thread

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by tellitlikeitis, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. tellitlikeitis

    tellitlikeitis Still Believes in Jonathan Villar
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    Can lump him into the "2018 is a make-or-break year" group as well. It's a little hard to believe that next year will be his age-23 season.

     
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    Goldstein and Elias both like him a lot.

    He had a lot going on this past season. He had issues with the cultural differences, he tipped his pitches early in the year and his mechanics were being modified.

    The expectations/hopes were he would be in the big leagues by 2018. I don’t think have soured on him though because his struggles were reasonable and can be fixed. He has been open to making mechanical changes and stopped tipping pitches as the season progressed.

    He is hard to project because he is capable of shooting through the minors in a few months if he clicks.


    Had he had a strong season last year I think he would have been firmly in the top 100.

    I would expect the Astros to like him higher than most trade publications or lists have him ranked. For no other reason that he has a decent chance of becoming a leverage reliever or more than a #4-5 starter.
     
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    Any chance Perez could be the LHRP by mid season?
     
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    I doubt it. They’re going to develop him as a starter for as long as possible. He will probably start out in the AA rotation. With good results he will be in AAA by July and in line for a September callup depending on how Houston’s season goes. Of course his presence on the 40 man means that there’s always a chance of a rash of injuries necessitating calling him up before he’s ready.

    I think they will address their bullpen needs fully this offseason so hopefully there won’t be the need for a lefty reliever.
     
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    Entire article is free.

    1. Forrest Whitley
    2. Kyle Tucker
    3. J.B. Bukauskas
    4. Yordan Alvarez
    5. Rogelio Armenteros
    6. Jonathan Arauz
    7. Gilberto Celestino
    8. David Paulino
    9. Colin Moran
    10. Corbin Martin

    Next 10

    J.D. Davis
    Carlos Machado
    Freudis Nova
    Cionel Perez
    Hector Perez
    Nathan Perry
    Patrick Sandoval
    Jairo Solis
    Myles Straw
    Garrett Stubbs

    Friends in Low Places (sleeper): J.J. Matijevic

    Second Opinion: David Paulino is not a top-10 prospect in this system
     
  6. Snake Diggit

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    That’s way too high for Arauz. Interesting that they have Machado, Perry, Sandoval, and Solis in the Top 20; I doubt any other major publication will have any of those guys ranked that high.
     
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    Scouts really love Arauz, and keep assuming that at some point he will put it all together and bust out.

    I haven't seen anything that impresses me, but I have only seen him a couple times and he is still 19 I think.
     
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    I just don’t see how he has a high enough ceiling. He’s small, has zero present power, and his arm isn’t strong enough for him to profile as an elite defensive SS, nor does he have elite speed. To now his only redeeming qualities are his glove work, his youth, and his ability to make contact. I like him enough as a prospect and future utility guy, but just don’t see how on earth he’s justified above the other high ceiling prospects in Houston’s system.
     
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    It's crazy that Arauz is the #6 prospect, he's definitely more of a #8 or 9.
     
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  12. tellitlikeitis

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    37 players have been released from the Astros' system over the last few days. Most of the transactions were posted on Wednesday.

    All organizational guys... probably the most notable cut (relatively speaking) was Joan Mauricio, a Dominican SS who got a $600K bonus in the 2013 IFA period.

    Released from DSL

    LHP Carlos Perdomo
    OF Euclides Chavez
    RHP Nathanael Ventura
    OF Fildex Perfecto
    1B Anthony Rodriguez
    RHP Kilvio Peralta
    RHP Jean Reyes
    RHP Christopher Javier
    RHP Angel Matos
    RHP Mauricio Santana
    RHP Yulian Frontado
    RHP Miguel Matos
    RHP Gustavo Almonte

    Released from GCL

    RHP Diosward Gonzalez
    RHP Saul Martinez
    OF Vicente Sanchez
    RHP Carlos Pimentel - 2017 NDFA (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma); placed on restricted list November 17
    LHP Austin Kerns - 2017 NDFA (OU)
    C Ihan Bernal

    Released from Greeneville

    RHP Johsson Arias
    OF Frankeny Fernandez - signed for $200K in 2013
    SS Joan Mauricio - signed for $600K in 2013
    RHP Jheyson Caraballo
    OF Reid Russell - 33rd round pick in 2017 draft (Lamar)
    LHP Yhoan Acosta

    Released from Tri-City

    RHP Reggie Johnson
    LHP Ben Smith - recovering from Tommy John surgery when drafted and then was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma
    C Bernardo Heras
    LHP Luis Ramirez
    RHP Diogenes Almengo
    RHP Ricardo Castro

    Released from Quad Cities

    LHP Devon Carr
    RHP Enrique Chavez - Did not play in 2017
    RHP Lucas Williams

    Released from Buies Creek


    RHP Devin Raftery
    RHP Ryan Deemes
     
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    Fildex Perfecto was a 1st team All-Name selection.
     
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    I was really rooting for Ben Smith. He had overcome so much already and succeeding as a pro baseball player would have been so sweet.
     
  15. Buck Turgidson

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    YES.

    Hell, it's the offseason...we should have a thread for this.

    Mark Lemongello, SP
     
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    Rusty Staub
     
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    It might have been better if his parents had named him Hitex instead
     
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    One name that will always stick with me because he was an Astro my first year as a fan..the incomparable Andy Stankiewicz.

    I was always partial to Heathcliff Slocumb also.
     
  20. tellitlikeitis

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    These are all of the players who have departed the Astros system in the last couple of weeks.

    Released from DSL

    LHP Carlos Perdomo
    OF Euclides Chavez
    RHP Nathanael Ventura
    OF Fildex Perfecto
    1B Anthony Rodriguez
    RHP Kilvio Peralta
    RHP Jean Reyes
    RHP Christopher Javier
    RHP Angel Matos
    RHP Mauricio Santana
    RHP Yulian Frontado
    RHP Miguel Matos
    RHP Gustavo Almonte
    RHP Jesus Bernaez
    1B Michael Garcia
    2B Samir Caraballo
    RHP Jonger Ochoa
    C Freddy Chirino
    OF Renaigel Martis
    RHP Renny Ugarte
    OF Luis Coronel

    Released from GCL

    RHP Diosward Gonzalez
    RHP Saul Martinez
    OF Vicente Sanchez
    RHP Carlos Pimentel - 2017 NDFA (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma); placed on restricted list November 17 due to positive PED test
    LHP Austin Kerns - 2017 NDFA (OU)
    C Ihan Bernal

    Released from Greeneville

    RHP Johsson Arias
    OF Frankeny Fernandez - signed for $200K in 2013
    SS Joan Mauricio - signed for $600K in 2013
    RHP Jheyson Caraballo
    OF Reid Russell - 33rd round pick in 2017 draft (Lamar)
    LHP Yhoan Acosta

    Released from Tri-City

    RHP Reggie Johnson - 2016 NDFA (Hampden-Sydney College)
    LHP Ben Smith - recovering from Tommy John surgery when drafted and then was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma
    C Bernardo Heras
    LHP Luis Ramirez
    RHP Diogenes Almengo
    RHP Ricardo Castro

    Released from Quad Cities

    LHP Devon Carr - 2016 NDFA (Florida Atlantic)
    RHP Enrique Chavez - Did not play in 2017
    RHP Lucas Williams - 40th round pick, 2016 (Central Missouri)

    Released from Buies Creek


    RHP Devin Raftery - 2016 NDFA (Nova Southeastern)
    RHP Ryan Deemes - 36th round pick, 2015 (Nicholls State)

    Retired

    C Trent Woodward

    Woodward was the Astros' 20th-round pick out of Fresno State in 2014; he spent most of 2017 with Corpus Christi, with stops in Fresno and a rehab assignment in the GCL.

     
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