#10 Astros Prospect: Josh Hader
#3 or #4 starter
I wrote recently about Josh Hader, who was acquired in the Bud Norris trade. He has a very deceptive delivery which has led to Chris Sale comparisons. He has a high strikeout rate in the minors but along with that, he has command issues and can give up the big fly from time to time. He should start the year in Double-A, then make a quick move up to Triple-A.
Of all the Astros pitching prospects, I see Hader sticking in the rotation because he is left-handed. I’m going to compare Hader’s possible rookie year to Scott Kazmir‘s first full season
10-9/3.77 ERA/186 innings/100 walks/174 strike-outs
According to Prospects361.com, Fantasy Impact: If Hader stays in the rotation, he has a ceiling of a high strikeout but homer prone pitcher who could miss bats at a tune of seven to nine batters per nine but have a higher than league average ERA. That should play enough to make Hader a back-of-the-rotation fantasy starter but might give owners pause to sell high on him.
Ceiling: Chris Sale higher ERA
Floor: Scott Kazmir
Next: Teoscar Hernandez