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State of the System: Houston Astros

Whitley leads developing group of high-potential talent
November 18, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. This year was an unorthodox one, to

Prospects in the Astros’ 2020 player pool

Houston bringing plenty of experienced prospects to 60-man roster
July 14, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Astros system blossoming at the top

Tucker, Toro reach Majors while Javier rises to Triple-A
October 30, 2019

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.The Astros went all-in on their quest for another World Series title at the

Toro, Javier Named Hooks Player and Pitcher of the Year

Astros third baseman adds to trophy shelf; Standout hurler pitched at top three levels in 2019
September 9, 2019

CORPUS CHRISTI - Third baseman Abraham Toro has been named 2019 Hooks Player of the Year and right-hander Cristian Javier is the team's Pitcher of the Year, the Hooks announced Wednesday.Both players will be honored at the annual South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet in late January.

Express' Javier masterful in Triple-A debut

Astros No. 10 prospect tosses six two-hit innings, fans eight
August 25, 2019

Cristian Javier has been nearly unhittable this season, so his Triple-A debut was hardly a surprise. It was also very impressive.The 10th-ranked Astros prospect gave up two hits and struck out eight over six scoreless innings, but Round Rock fell to New Orleans, 2-1, on Sunday at Dell Diamond.

Prospect Roundup: Games of August 17

Astros' Javier strikes out 10; Brewers' Turang collects three hits
August 18, 2019

Astros RHP Cristian Javier, Double-A Corpus Christi: 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 Ks -- Houston's No. 10 prospect turned in another stellar outing in the Hooks' 3-2 win over Midland. Javier threw only four innings but tied his season high for strikeouts. He pitched through the

Springer leads Hooks' homer barrage

Astros No. 8 prospect Beer goes deep twice, Javier fans 10
June 20, 2019

The Astros' present teamed up with their future Thursday night in the Texas League.Two-time American League All-Star George Springer homered in consecutive at-bats during his first Minor League rehab game and drove in four runs as Double-A Corpus Christi rolled past Springfield, 10-2, at Whataburger Field.Astros No. 8 prospect Seth Beer

Hooks' Javier sharp in longest outing of '19

Astros No. 29 prospect fans eight over 6 1/3 scoreless frames
June 8, 2019

It hasn't taken long for Cristian Javier to make an impact for Double-A Corpus Christi.The Astros' No. 29 prospect struck out eight while allowing two hits over a season-high 6 1/3 innings as the Hooks shut down Amarillo, 1-0, on Saturday night at Whataburger Field.

Beer, Javier Promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi

Home Run Leader, Strikeout Artist Dominated Carolina League
May 16, 2019

Establishing themselves as the best at their respective positions over the first month of the season, outfielder Seth Beer and pitcher Cristian Javier have been rewarded with promotions to the AA Corpus Christi Hooks.

Paredes and Javier Combine for Dominant Win

Right-Handers Combine for 17 Strikeouts as Fayetteville Snaps Losing Skid
May 10, 2019

Glad to see their five-game losing streak come to an end, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers sent aside the cold stretch with a 4-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Thursday night. Over an evening that went in multiple different directions, Fayetteville had 12 hits, a speedy ejection, and another 17 strikeouts

Eighth Inning Error Sinks Fayetteville

Julks' Drop Gives Down East the Win as Woodpeckers are Shutout.
April 26, 2019

Another double-digit strikeout performance by the Woodpeckers pitching staff was, this time, wasted as Fayetteville failed to score at least one run for the first time this season. A dropped fly ball in the bottom of the eighth inning by left fielder Corey Julks was the small spark needed for

Woodpeckers Pour Nine Runs on Pelicans

Fayetteville Scored in Seven Innings for the Series Win.
April 14, 2019

Another night of offensive prowess helped the Fayetteville Woodpeckers down Los Pelícanos de Myrtle Beach on Sunday night. The Woodpeckers had their first multi-homer game of the season, including the team's third grand slam in route to the 9-4 win. Fayetteville was aided by a season high nine walks at

Woodpeckers Knock Off Keys with Five-Run Ninth

Fayetteville Wins First Series in Franchise History
April 9, 2019

It was a much smoother affair than the twelve-inning contest last night, as the Fayetteville Woodpeckers downed the Frederick Keys 7-2 on Tuesday. Fayetteville plated five runs in the ninth inning and tallied another 14 strikeouts on the mound in route to their first series win in franchise history.

Javier gives Buies Creek another gem

Astros No. 18 prospect twirls pro-best seven scoreless frames
June 28, 2018

Class A Advanced Buies Creek pitching coach Drew French knows Cristian Javier doesn't have the most unique repertoire on the hill, but he does have some deception in his delivery that gives him an advantage against advanced hitters. And in a small sample since joining the Carolina League ranks, the

Javier unhittable in Buies Creek return

Astros No. 18 prospect strikes out five over six innings
June 13, 2018

If moving up a level was an adjustment for Cristian Javier, he hardly showed it.The Astros' No. 18 prospect tossed six hitless innings in his Carolina League season debut, pitching Class A Advanced Buies Creek to a 2-1 victory over Carolina on Wednesday at Jim Perry Stadium.

Astros' Javier piggybacks way to award

Quad Cities right-hander honored after fanning 18 in 10 innings
May 29, 2018

As a pitcher with Class A Quad Cities this season, Cristian Javier has had to piggyback with his fellow River Bandits. But because of his recent performances, he's earned a recognition all his own. The Astros' No. 18 prospect has been named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for May

Javier dominant out of Quad Cities bullpen

Houston's No. 19 prospect fans nine over four scoreless innings
May 22, 2018

Five days ago, Cristian Javier put together his most impressive start of the season for the Class A River Bandits. On Monday night, his relief-pitcher alter ego was just as good.Houston's No. 19 prospect fanned nine batters in four scoreless innings out of the bullpen, keeping his relief ERA at