With the TCB Top 30 prospects being released, I am sure some may wonder where a certain prospect landed outside the top 30. Here I will take a look at a few guys outside the top 30 that have a chance to jump up by next season. You can refer to the first portion of the list here for the grading guidelines.
32. Rogelio Armenteros, RHP [3.82, C prospect]
Armenteros had one of the better seasons in the Astros system in 2016. He was signed for just $40,000 in late 2014 out of Cuba. After making his stateside debut in 2015 going 3-2 with 61 K in 61 IP, he established himself as a legit pitching prospect. Armenteros finished the 2016 season leading the Astros system in strikeouts with 140 K in 127.1 IP between Quad Cities, Lancaster, and Corpus Christi.
Armenteros has a low to mid 90s fastball and a plethora of off-speed pitches with his curveball probably being his most effective. He does a good job keeping hitters off balance and knows how to attack. He wull be just 23 in 2017 and should start the season in Double-A.
2016 Stats: 8-6, 3.53 ERA, 127.1 IP, 116 H, 50 ER, 44 BB, 140 K, 9.9 K/9
33. Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B/C [3.75, C prospect]
Toro-Hernandez is a switch hitter drafted in 2016 from Seminole State College in Oklahoma. Though he played at a small school, he dominated like you would expect from a 5th round pick hitting .439 with 20 HR, 86 RBI in just 55 games. While he profiles as a potential catcher, the Astros have yet to move him there. That could happen this season. One scout told me he has plus bat speed with a line drive approach. He also noted that he should develop into more power and has a great makeup. Toro also has a big arm, which plays well at third base or catcher.
Interesting note: Toro-Hernandez is Canadian but is also fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
2016 Stats: 44 G, .254 BA/.301 OBP/.322 SLG, 6 2B, 19 RBI, 10 BB/31 K
36. Ryne Birk, 2B [3.64, C prospect]
Birk was drafted by the Astros in the 13th round of the 2016 draft out of Texas A&M. He had a very good college career that saw him hit .310 with 7 HR, 45 RBI as a junior. After signing, Birk was assigned to Tri-City where he hit .287 with 4 HR, 23 RBI in 36 games. He also had 20 BB/12 SO in those 36 games. Birk was promoted to Quad Cities where he had 8 RBI in 7 games before going down with a minor injury.
Birk does a good job making contact and isn't afraid to talk a walk. He has a similar offensive skillset to Tony Kemp, and while he isn't as fast as Kemp, he appears to have more power. He could be a guy who moves fast thanks to his bat.
2016 Stats: 43 G, .293 BA/.385 OBP/.455 SLG, 13 2B, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 5 SB, 21 BB/17 SO
38. Hector Perez, RHP [3.60, C prospect]
Perez was an international signing by the Astros out of the Dominican Republic in 2014. Perez pitched with the DSL Astros and Greeneville in 2015 posting a 1.64 ERA with 50 K in 55 IP. Perez had a semi-breakout 2016. He started the season with Tri-City and had a 1.57 ERA with 12 BB/36 K in 28.2 IP. He was promoted to Quad Cities where he struck out 44 in 31.1 IP, though he walked 22.
Perez possesses a mid-90s fastball and a very good slider. He also has a curveball, though the slider is his best secondary pitch. His control still needs work but he is just 20 years old and has a good pitcher's build at 6'3" and 190 lbs.
2016 Stats: 4-1, 3.15 ERA, 60 IP, 47 H, 21 ER, 34 BB, 80 K, 12.0 K/9
38. Myles Straw, OF [3.60, C prospect]
Straw was a 12th round selection in the 2015 draft. Straw made his full season debut on May 20th of the 2016 season and it didn't take him long to get going. He finished May hitting just .257 but hit .326 in June and .423 in July. On August 11th Straw was promoted to Lancaster and still managed to hit .385 that month.
Straw is one of the fastest players in the Astros system (43 SB in 145 MiLB games) and showed off a good hit tool this past season. He has a heavy opposite field approach so we will have to see how it plays out at higher levels.
2016 Stats: 87 G, .358 BA/.423 OBP/.454 SLG, 18 2B, 6 3B, 1 HR, 27 RBI, 21 SB, 40 BB/75 SO