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Astros system blossoming at the top

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

Each offseason, MiLB.com 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

Express' Alvarez headed to The Show

Astros No. 3 prospect leads Minor Leagues with 23 homers
June 8, 2019

The Minor Leagues' home run leader is headed to The Show.Third-ranked Astros prospectYordan Alvarez will join the big club ahead of Sunday's game against the Orioles, as first reported by Jake Kaplan of The Athletic. Through 56 games with Triple-A Round Rock, the 21-year-old clobbered a Minors-best 23 homers.

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 27

Astros' Alvarez gets back on track; A's Mateo tallies three hits
May 28, 2019

Astros OF Yordan Alvarez, Triple-A Round Rock: 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBIs, BB -- Another day, another multi-hit performance for Houston's No. 3 prospect. Alvarez reached base three times and drove in three runs to give him 63 RBIs in 47 games for the Express. Monday's performance put an end to a week-long

Hot bats, stingy pitchers load Triple-A ballot

From Express' Alvarez to Indians' Keller, All-Star rosters stacked
May 24, 2019

The baseball season thus far has been highlighted by a slew of high-profile promotions like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Mike Soroka. But there are still loads of top talent at the Minors' highest level.Led by Yordan Alvarez (Astros) and Mitch Keller (Pirates), 17 players among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects ignite

Astros gives Alvarez ticket to Majors

Houston calls up its third-ranked prospect ahead of XXXXday's game
3:24 PM EDT

The breakout star of 2019 in the Minor Leagues is heading to The Show. Houston called up Yordan Alvarez, the Astros' No. 3 prospect, on XXXX and he is scheduled to make his debut XXX

Alvarez muscles way to pro-best six RBIs

Astros No. 3 prospect homers twice, doubles in Express' victory
May 16, 2019

Minor League Baseball's top slugger was at it again Thursday night.Houston's third-ranked prospectYordan Alvarez drove in a career-high six runs with two homers and a double and scored three times as Triple-A Round Rock topped Nashville, 10-4, at Dell Diamond.

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 12

Astros' Alvarez keeps on raking; Rays' McKay finds his stroke
May 13, 2019

Astros DH Yordan Alvarez, Triple-A Round Rock: 2-for-4, HR 3 RBIs -- Another day, another multi-hit effort for Houston's No. 3 prospect, who's been one of the Minors' hottest hitters all season. Alvarez gave the Express a quick lead in the opening frame with a three-run shot to center field. It

Tucker, Alvarez steer Express past Omaha

Top Astros prospects combine for six hits, drive in five runs
May 10, 2019

Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez demonstrated again Friday night that reinforcements are ready should they be needed in Houston.The Astros' second- and third-ranked prospects, respectively, collected three hits apiece and combined to drive in five runs as Triple-A Round Rock held on for an 8-7 victory over Omaha at Werner Park. 

MiLB announces April Uncle Ray's Players of the Month

May 7, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball today announced the Uncle Ray's Player of the Month Award winners for each of the 10 leagues for the month of April. In recognition of the honor, each winner will receive an award from Minor League Baseball and Uncle Ray's, the "Official Potato

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 6

Rainiers' Crawford drives in six, New Orleans' Hernandez K's 10
May 7, 2019

Mariners OF J.P. Crawford, Triple-A Tacoma: 4-for-5, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 R -- Crawford homered and drove in a career-high six RBIs as the Rainiers downed Albuquerque, 12-8. The 16th overall pick in the 2013 Draft is now batting .321/.425/.464 with three home runs, seven doubles, 15 RBIs, 20

Alvarez among week's outstanding hitters

Astros No. 3 prospect went 13-for-22 in strong stretch at Triple-A
May 6, 2019

One of the Minor Leagues' hottest hitters in 2019 went unrewarded for his efforts in April, at least when it came to official awards. That has changed in May. Astros No. 3 prospectYordan Alvarez has been named the Pacific Coast League Offensive Player of the Week after going 13-for-22 (.591)

Astros' Alvarez opens May with a bang

Round Rock outfielder goes 4-for-5, raises average to .375
May 1, 2019

Yordan Alvarez put up gigantic numbers in the season's first month, and nothing changed on the first day of May.The Astros' No. 3 prospect, who hit .347 in April, went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and briefly lifted his average to .375 as Triple-A Round Rock breezed past Oklahoma City, 12-5,

Express' Alvarez homers on four-hit night

Astros No. 3 prospect drives in three runs, scores four times
April 27, 2019

Trailing in the seventh inning, Triple-A Round Rock needed a big hit. Yordan Alvarez was there to deliver.The Astros' third-ranked prospect smacked a go-ahead two-run homer and doubled twice on a four-hit night, driving in three runs and scoring four times as the Express rallied for an 11-7 victory over New

Alvarez smacks second career grand slam

Astros No. 3 prospect leads PCL with seven homers for Express
April 16, 2019

Yordan Alvarez entered Tuesday as the Pacific Coast League's home run leader, but one thing had escaped him -- a grand slam.Houston's No. 3 prospect remedied that oversight via a towering long ball with the bases loaded in the first inning of Triple-A Round Rock's 11-2 rout of Nashville at

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 13

O's Mountcastle records first three-hit game at Triple-A level
April 14, 2019

Orioles 1B Ryan Mountcastle, Triple-A Norfolk: 3-for-5, 2B, 1 R -- The adjustment to the International League hasn't necessarily been pleasant for the O's second-ranked prospect. Mountcastle entered Saturday's game against Toledo batting .194 with one extra-base hit -- a triple in the series opener on Thursday. But the 22-year-old managed

Hot-hitting Alvarez riding the Express

Astros No. 3 prospect homers again, doubles twice, plates four
April 11, 2019

It's approximately 168 miles from Round Rock, Texas, to Houston. Yordan Alvarez is making that distance look smaller with each passing day.The No. 3 Astros prospect homered for fifth time in six games, doubled twice and drove in a season-high four runs to help Triple-A Round Rock defeat Nashville, 9-5,

Express' Alvarez breaks out power bat

Astros No. 3 prospect belts career-best three long balls
April 6, 2019

When Yordan Alvarez was with Class A Quad Cities in 2017, hitting coach Ben Rosenthal saw someone with plenty of power to all fields and an unwavering plate discipline. Now that the pair have reunited two years later with Triple-A Round Rock, Rosenthal has learned quickly that not much has

Astros reassign Alvarez to Minors camp

No. 44 overall prospect expected to open season at Triple-A
March 19, 2019

Yordan Alvarez hasn't quite been cleared for Major League takeoff, but he won't be far from the launching pad to begin the 2019 season.The Astros reassigned MLB.com's No. 44 overall prospect to Minor League camp Tuesday, the club announced. Alvarez is expected to open the season at Triple-A Round Rock

Astros Prospect Primer: Whitley shows focus

Alvarez, Toro among Houston youngsters set to make noise in '19
March 14, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, MiLB.com takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star:Forrest Whitley, RHPThe 2016

Astros invite Whitley, Alvarez to MLB camp

Top-100 prospects headed to big-league Spring Training
January 22, 2019

The Astros already look good, but this spring, the organization will get a closer look at a couple players that could contribute to an even brighter future.Houston extended non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp to No. 8 overall prospectForrest Whitley and No. 42 Yordan Alvarez, the club announced

Elite Astros have reinforcements ready

Tucker, Reed among prospects available for sustained success
November 5, 2018

Each offseason, MiLB.com 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.There is such a thing as a good problem, and the Astros have plenty

Fresno falters in Game 1 of PCL Finals

Memphis scored nine runs with two out in 10-4 victory; Game 2 at Chukchansi Park on Wednesday
September 11, 2018

The Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Conference Champions) dropped Game 1 of the PCL Championship Series at home to the Memphis Redbirds (American Conference Champions) on Tuesday night at Chukchansi Park by a 10-4 final. The Grizzlies will need to win three of four to claim a league title, with Game 2

Grizzlies advance to the PCL Championship Series with a 10-1 victory over the Chihuahuas

Garrett Stubbs (2-for-4) and A.J. Reed (1-for-4) go deep in the win; Second time in franchise history (2015) that Fresno will head to the PCL Finals
September 9, 2018

In front of a crowd of 7,588, the Fresno Grizzlies (3-2) hammered the El Paso Chihuahuas (2-3) 10-1 in game five of the PCL Pacific Championship Sunday evening from Chukchansi Park. With the victory, the Grizzlies advance to the PCL Championship Series versus the Memphis Redbirds. Fresno reaches the second

Chihuahuas beat Grizzlies 4-2 to send series to a winner-take-all game five Sunday night

Yordan Alvarez goes 2-for-4 with a solo shot; Jack Mayfield adds two hits in the loss
September 8, 2018

In front of a crowd of 5,116, the El Paso Chihuahuas (2-2) beat the Fresno Grizzlies (2-2) 4-2 in game four of the PCL Pacific Championship Saturday night from Chukchansi Park. With the win, the Chihuahuas sent the series to a winner-take-all game five tomorrow evening.Jack Mayfield (2-for-3) grabbed the

Dykxhoorn and Bostick combine to strike out 19 as Grizz beat Bees 7-6 (10) in regular season finale

Brock Dykxhoorn fans 11 over five relief innings; Akeem Bostick punches out eight in Triple-A debut
September 3, 2018

In the last game of the regular season, the Fresno Grizzlies (82-57) clawed past the Salt Lake Bees (71-68) 7-6 in 10 innings Monday afternoon from Smith's Ballpark. Two Grizzly pitchers combined to strike out 19, a season-high. Overall, the staff finished with 1,330 punchouts on the year, a PCL