The offense is starting to heat up for the Houston Astros Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.
Though the record has fallen off since the hot start to the season, the Hooks have picked it up as of late thanks to solid hitting and pitching all around. One of the key contributors to the lineup this season for the Hooks has been Drew Ferguson. He is the Houston Astros prospect under the spotlight this week.
Ferguson has continued to impress in his third year in the minor leagues. Ferguson was drafted back in 2015 all the way in the 19th round but has not played like it. Between Tri-City and Quad-Cities his first year, he hit .297 with 69 hits in 61 games.
He improved his swing even more last season and added power to his game, hitting .315 with 17 homers and 76 RBIs between Lancaster and Corpus Christi. He also has speed, as he stole 30 bases last season in addition to his good contact and power.
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This season Ferguson has continued to prove his worth for the Hooks. Through 43 games for the team, he has a solid slash line of .323/.406/.470. He is a hitting machine and already has five homers and 19 RBIs.
His speed allows him to be the leadoff man for this Hooks team and his power creates opportunities for leadoff home runs. Ferguson is not a big name outfield prospect for the Astros like Kyle Tucker or Derek Fisher. He still produces like one it will be exciting to see where he ends up this season.
His future impact!
Ferguson is one of the many exciting outfield prospects that the Astros have in their organization. At the current time, he is close to deserving a call-up to Triple-A Fresno to see what he can do there.
Until Fisher gets the promotion to the big leagues, it is unlikely that Ferguson will get much of a shot to play for the Grizzlies. The best thing for him to do is to continue to improve in Double-A and make it impossible not to promote him. This minor league depth that the Astros have is certainly a good problem to have.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***