20. J.D. Martinez, OF (22); You’ve seen me write about Martinez already this year, including when he was named the Astros Minor League Player of the Year. Between Single and Double-A in 2010, Martinez hit .341/.407/.531 with 18 homeruns in 138 games. It was Martinez’ second year in pro ball and his second year dominating after hitting .348/.399/.598 with 12 homers in 72 games in 2009. Martinez will easily be in the top 10 going into 2011.
19. Brad Dydalewicz, LHP (20); 2010 was a huge step backward for Dydalewicz. He spent parts of the season in both Lexington and Lancaster and had more walks than strikeouts at each stop with a collective K/9 of 5.8 and BB/9 of 6.5. He was a C prospect coming into the season and this certainly drops that down. It’s hard to project much of a career at all for Dydalewicz.
18. Enrique Hernandez, 2B (18); Not a ton of power or speed yet but a young player who makes great contact (hit .280 in Low-A at just 18) and doesn’t strike out (K% of just 14). Hernandez also made huge strides defensively at 2B this past season. He’s on a short list of middle-infielders in Houston’s system with a chance to play regularly in the big leagues.
17. Brian Bogusevic, OF (26); Bogusevic is another guy I’ve written about before and one of the more interesting prospects in Houston’s system. A first-round draft pick as a pitcher in 2005 before switching to the outfield in 2008. In his second full season as a hitter this year, Bogusevic broke out and showed an all-around game that eventually led to a September call-up. For Triple-A Round Rock, Bogie hit .277/.364/.414 with 13 homeruns and 23 steals in 131 games. He’s a bit old for a top-prospect list but could fill in easily as Houston’s fourth outfielder in 2011.
16. Collin DeLome, OF (24); Every organization has at least one guy like DeLome; Above average raw tools that excite scouts but also possesses the inability to completely put it all together. At Triple-A in 2010, DeLome hit 17 homeruns and stole 11 bases in just 95 games. But he also hit .224 with a .270 OBP and struck out 31% of the time. At 24, DeLome is going to have a hard time being seen as much more than a toolsy player management hopes figures it out because right now his plate discipline and strike-zone recognition will keep him out of the majors indefinitely.