New Houston Astros Prospect Cy Sneed is Impressing
Another week, another pitcher. Pitchers on the Corpus Christi Hooks have absolutely dominated, and Astros fans should be excited about the future. The offense, besides a few such as Alex Bregman, has struggled, leading to the poor record to this point. But that excellent pitching has shown, with the team having an overall ERA of 3.13. One player who has played great thus far is Cy Sneed.
Sneed has made his way through the minors fairly quick so far. After being drafted in 2014 by the Brewers, he spent one year in the Rookie League and last year progressing through Single-A. In the offseason, Sneed was traded to Houston for Jonathan Villar. This year, of course, he’s in Double-A with the Hooks and is off to a great start.
Besides his below average rookie campaign, Cy Sneed has pitched very well at the minor league level. After his rookie season, Sneed had a 2.58 ERA in Single-A, with splits of 2.47 and 2.68 between Class-A Advanced and Class-A Full respectively. He has shown his consistency and ability to be a contributor on any team he is assigned to pitch.
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This year in Corpus, Cy has improved even more thus far, with a 1.42 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP through 3 games (2 starts). Unlike several of the Corpus Christi pitchers, the offense has backed him as he has a 1-0 record. Though the season is still just beginning, I believe that Sneed will continue to show his worth in the Astros farm system.
Cy Sneed is not the type of pitcher who is going to strike a ton of people out, though it seems that he is trying to improve that aspect of his game (14 strikeouts in 12.2 innings this year). What Sneed does well, however, is spot pitches and throw splitters and changeups. What Sneed needs to work on while he is in the minors is his velocity and breaking balls. If he can get a solid curve or slider, Sneed could be a very dangerous pitcher in this league.
CTH Editor Eric Huysman interviewed Cy Sneed earlier in the offseason. Astros Prospects: Keeping up with newest Astro Cy Sneed
What future could Cy Sneed have with the Astros? I think that Sneed is a guy, though the stats may disagree, that needs more time to improve some pitches that he will need at the Major League level. With guys like Joe Musgrove, David Paulino, and Francis Martes on the team, Cy Sneed’s great play may be overlooked at times, but I still think he has a solid future with the Astros.
*All stats via milb.com*