Astros system blossoming at the top

Tucker, Toro reach Majors while Javier rises to Triple-A

Cristian Javier was named the Astros' Minor League Pitcher of the Year after reaching the PCL. (Julia Price/Round Rock Express)

By Rob Terranova | October 30, 2019 10:18 AM ET

Despite trading away four of their top 30 prospects at midseason, the Astros still boast a top-heavy system led by third baseman Abraham Toro and right-hander Cristian Javier.

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Toolshed: MiLB nuggets on Astros, Nats

What fans may have missed from World Series systems in 2019

Cristian Javier and Carter Kieboom stood out among prospects from the two pennant-winning systems. (Tammy Tucker, Jamie Harms)

By Sam Dykstra | October 22, 2019 10:14 AM ET

The Astros and Nationals will meet in the World Series beginning Tuesday night. Toolshed covers five 2019 storylines fans might have missed from the farm systems of both.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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In AFL, Astros' Whitley begins his reboot

No. 16 overall prospect racking up K's once again in Arizona

Forrest Whitley didn't walk a batter in either of his two most recent starts for Peoria. (Buck Davidson/Getty Images)

By Joe Bloss | October 10, 2019 10:29 AM ET

Forrest Whitley's return to the Arizona Fall League has given him a chance to rack up more strikeouts after the top Houston Astros prospect struggled with an injury and command in 2019.

Joe Bloss is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jtbloss. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Head of the Class: Class A Advanced

Padres' Campusano breaks out bat; Astros' Garcia brings heat

Luis Campusano batted .325 for Lake Elsinore, leading all Class A Advanced batters this season. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | September 30, 2019 10:15 AM ET

Padres catcher Luis Campusano and Astros right-hander Luis Garcia delivered strong campaigns in 2019, while Blue Jays righty Simeon Woods Richardson impressed in a brief Florida State League stint.

Joe Bloss is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jtbloss. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Astros' Whitley stays hot in Arizona

No. 17 overal prospect yields one hit, fans six over 4 2/3 innings

In 18 appearances across four levels this season, Forrest Whitley issued at least three walks eight times. (Jill Weisleder/Getty Images)

By Duane Cross | September 22, 2019 12:49 AM ET

Second-ranked Astros prospect Forrest Whitley allowed one hit and struck out six over 4 2/3 innings in his Arizona Fall League season debut as Peoria dropped a 4-1 decision to Mesa on Saturday.

Duane Cross is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DuaneCrossMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Rodriguez gets Woodpeckers closer to title

Astros No. 26 prospect fans seven over six innings in Game 3

Nivaldo Rodriguez has recorded three starts of at least six innings this season. (Joseph Dwyer/Fayetteville Woodpeckers)

By Andrew Battifarano | September 12, 2019 9:30 PM ET

Astros No. 26 prospect Nivaldo Rodriguez struck out seven and allowed a run on three hits over six innings as Fayetteville edged Wilmington, 2-1, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 Mills Cup Finals.

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Jones enables Express to walk off again

No. 28 Astros prospect drives in winning run in 10th inning

Taylor Jones had collected 84 RBIs this season before driving in the winning run in Game 2. (Jim Redman/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | September 6, 2019 1:04 AM ET

Houston Astros No. 28 prospect Taylor Jones knocked in the winning run in Triple-A Round Rock's 4-3 win over Iowa in Game 2 of the Pacific Coast League semifinals.

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2019 Pacific Coast League playoff preview

Express, Cubs seek first PCL title; Aviators face River Cats

Iowa's Colin Rea is PCL Pitcher of the Year; top A's prospect Jesus Lazardo boosted Las Vegas down the stretch. (Dylan Heuer, Jerry Espinoza)

By Chris Jackson | September 4, 2019 12:32 PM ET

The Pacific Coast League playoffs have a much different look than last year's edition as all four postseason teams -- Round Rock, Iowa, Sacramento and Las Vegas -- did not qualify in 2018.

Chris Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Whitley flashes dominant form for Hooks

Astros No. 2 prospect yields one hit, fans eight over 5 1/3 innings

Forrest Whitley has struck out 83 batters over 57 2/3 innings in 17 appearances across four levels. (Corpus Christi Hooks)

By Michael Avallone | August 28, 2019 10:25 PM ET

Houston Astros No. 2 prospect Forrest Whitley allowed one hit and struck out eight over a season-high 5 1/3 frames as Double-A Corpus Christi edged Arkansas, 2-1, on Wednesday.

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Emanuel throws one-hit gem for Express

Astros left-hander retires last 21 batters, notches six strikeouts

Kent Emanuel has a 2.10 ERA in eight starts for Round Rock and a 4.94 ERA in 21 relief appearances. (Jamie Harms/MiLB.com)

By Brian Stultz | August 27, 2019 11:38 PM ET

Astros left-hander Kent Emanuel allowed one hit over eight scoreless innings, retiring his last 21 batters, as Triple-A Round Rock held on for a 4-3 victory over San Antonio on Tuesday.

Brian Stultz is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @brianjstultz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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