MESA, Ariz- The Houston Astros have a total of six players playing in the Arizona Fall League (AFL). Four pitchers and two position players.
Kyle Tucker, the only position player was drafted fifth overall by the Astros in the 2015 draft right out of high school. He is MLB.com’s number seven ranked prospect, number four ranked outfielder, as well as the number one prospect in Houston’s organization. He participated in the 2017 MLB Future’s game and also took place in AFL’s annual Fall Stars Game.
During his time here in the AFL, Tucker is batting .213 (17-for-80) with nine RBI. His five doubles are tied for second on the Mesa Solar Sox.
Yordan Alvarez’ time in the AFL was brief. He went 5-for-16 with a triple, and also was Fall Stars Game. He was removed from play and shut down for the rest of the season on November 1. Alvarez is MLB.com’s number six ranked Houston prospect.
The pitchers are led by starter Framber Valdez who has started six games, has a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 3.20. He has pitched a total of 19.2 innings and has 14 strikeouts.
The remaining pitchers are all seeing time out of the bullpen. Riley Ferrell has the only win of the trio going 1-0, working 9.2 innings and seven strikeouts.
If Ferrell’s name sounds familiar in college baseball, its because he was the closer for the TCU team that reached the 2015 College World Series. He was also a first-team All-American that same year.
Dean Deetz and Brandan McCurry both have a record of 0-1.
McCurry has an ERA of 4.05 in his five appearances covering 6.2 innings, and five strikeouts. Deetz, has an ERA of 4.91 in his eight outings for a total of 11 innings, and his 23 strikeouts are the most out of all four pitchers, and second on the Solar Sox.
Out of the six players, five played for either Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks (Tucker, Ferrell, Valdez) or Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (McCurry, Deetz). The exception was Alvarez who had two stops in Single-A. First Quad Cities River Bandits and then Buies Creek Astros.
With all players playing this high in the organization, the AFL is the perfect gauge of where they stand up to facing other top-tier prospects.