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Astros Most Valuable Prospects, August 2020 Update

I am a few weeks late with the August update of this list, frankly it has been hard to get motivated with no milb games this season. I considered not bothering but there has been a draft, so there are some new players to consider. Lots of graduations are forcing more changes than usual so there is plenty to talk about if you have an interest in prospects. There are more players than ever with no established floor and no chance to establish one this season. With impending contraction in the minor leagues and health concerns along with potential political upheaval, 2021 could have us all nostalgic for the good old days of 2020. As Jim Morrison said;

"The futures uncertain and the end is always near. Lets roll baby roll."

Rank

Prev

Prospects

Draft

Potential floor & Value

Potential Ceiling & Value

Level

ETA

Outcome

1

1

Forrest Whitley

1-16

#3 starting pitcher

65

Ace

80

AAA

20

72.5

A

2

2

Jeremy Pena

3-18

short stop

65

plus plus short stop

75

AA

22

70.0

A-

3

3

Tyler Ivey

3-17

#5 starting pitcher

55

#2 starting pitcher

70

AA

20

62.5

B+

4

17

Jairo Solis

Int Fa

#5 starting pitcher

55

#2 starting pitcher

70

AA

22

62.5

B+

5

8

Korey Lee

1-19

plus bench catcher

45

catcher

70

AA

22

57.5

B

6

11

Luis Garcia

Int Fa

long reliever

40

#3 starting pitcher

65

ML

22

52.5

B-

7

10

Shawn Dubin

13-18

long reliever

40

#3 starting pitcher

65

AAA

22

52.5

B-

8

12

Colin Barber

4-19

bench outfielder

35

plus center fielder

65

AA

24

50.0

C+

9

26

Peter Solomon

4-17

middle reliever

35

#3 starting pitcher

65

AA

24

50.0

C+

10

20

Grae Kessinger

2-19

versatile utility

40

short stop

60

AA

22

50.0

C+

11

9

Bret Conine

11-18

middle reliever

35

#4 starting pitcher

60

AAA

21

47.5

C+

12

25

Luis Guerrero

8-19

bench outfielder

35

center fielder

60

A

23

47.5

C+

13

NR

CJ Stubbs

10-19

plus bench catcher

45

plus versatile utility

45

Hi A

22

45.0

C

14

27

Ryan Gusto

11-19

unestablished SP

25

#4 starting pitcher

60

SS A

24

42.5

C

15

22

Dauri Lorenzo

Int Fa

unestablished IF

25

short stop

65

DSL

25

45.0

C

16

NR

Alex Santos

2c-20

unestablished SP

25

#3 starting pitcher

65

NA

---

45.0

C

17

NR

JC Correa

Fa-20

unestablished IF

25

short stop

65

NA

---

45.0

C

18

NR

Zack Mathews

Fa-20

unestablished SP

25

#3 starting pitcher

65

NA

24

45.0

C

19

23

Jojanse Torres

Int Fa

long RP

40

HL situational RP

45

AA

22

42.5

C

20

6

Nathan Perry

5 -17

bench catcher

40

first baseman

45

A

22

42.5

C

21

14

B Abreu

Int Fa

middle reliever

35

set up man

50

AAA

21

42.5

C

22

24

Valente Bellozo

Int Fa

unestablished SP

25

#4 starting pitcher

60

SS A

23

42.5

C

23

21

Hunter Brown

5-19

unestablished SP

25

#4 starting pitcher

60

SS A

23

42.5

C

24

NR

Cody Orr

Fa-20

unestablished VU

25

center fielder

60

SS A

24

42.5

C

25

NR

Blair Henley

7-19

unestablished SP

25

#4 starting pitcher

60

SS A

23

42.5

C

26

7

Freudis Nova

Int Fa

organizational IF

20

short stop

65

Hi A

22

42.5

C

27

30

Kenedy Corona

trade

unestablished OF

25

right fielder

55

SS A

24

40.0

C-

28

29

Jordan Brewer

3-19

unestablished OF

25

right fielder

55

SS A

23

40.0

C-

29

15

Joe Perez

2a-17

organizational IF

20

plus third baseman

60

A

23

40.0

C-

30

NR

Bryan Martinez

33-19

unestablished SP

25

#5 starting pitcher

55

A

24

40.0

C-

NR

NR

Pedro Leon

Int Fa

left fielder

50

plus left fielder

55

AAA

21

52.5

B-

Big Movers

Jairo Solis, Peter Solomon, and Luis Guerrero all had been previously injured. They got a free year to heal up bringing their floors back up where they belong. Ryan Gusto and Dauri Lorenzo moved up due to lots of graduations ahead of them.

Joe Perez and Freudis Nova moved down as they are running out of time to justify the high ceilings they came in with.

The New Guys

Lots of players from the last list have been graduated early because 2020. That left a lot of holes to fill. With virtually no draft and no opportunity for breakout performances I was forced to take a harder look at the newest Astros than ever before. Turns out, that is what I enjoy most about doing these listss so I really had a pretty good time.

Scale

Pitchers

Scores

Position Players

Scores

Ace

Potential Cy Young

80

Elite Position Player

Potential MVP

80

#1 pitcher

Potential All Star

75

Plus Plus Player

Potential All Star

75

Plus Pitcher

Well Above Average

Base+5

Plus Player

Well Above Average

Base+5

#2 starting pitcher

70

catcher

70

#3 starting pitcher

65

short stop

65

#4 starting pitcher & closer

60

center fielder

60

#5 starting pitcher & set up 8

55

third basemen & right fielders

55

set up 7

50

second baseman & left fielders

50

high leverage situational reliever

45

first baseman

45

long reliever

40

DH, versatile utility man & bench catcher

40

middle reliever

35

bench infielder or outfielder

35

AAA/MLB shuttle pitcher

30

AAA/MLB shuttle & pinch hitter/runner

30

unestablished / short season / long term injury

25

unestablished, short season / injured

25

organizational pitcher

20

organizational position player

20

Scores / Grades

80.0 - 77.5

A+

75.0 -72.5

A

70.0 - 67.5

A-

65.0 - 62.0

B+

60.0 - 57.5

B

55.0 - 52.5

B-

50.0 - 47.5

C+

45.0 - 42.5

C

40.0 - 37.5

C-