Astros trio of prospects shine at the All-Star Futures Game
By Eric Huysman
The Houston Astros were well represented in the MLB Futures Game.
The Houston Astros have six players traveling to Miami for the 2017 All-Star game on Tuesday. While this is an awesome feat, having three prospects be selected for the Future Game is also a big deal. You get a sneak peek at some of the future stars of tomorrow. Starting for the USA Futures team were Kyle Tucker and Derek Fisher. First base prospect Yordan Alvarez came off the bench for the World team.
Astros fans have already had their sneak peek of Fisher as he came up to replace Josh Reddick while he was on the 10-day concussion DL. In only 18 at-bats, Fisher has teased us with two homers, five hits, and a stolen base. Fisher offers power and speed potential that George Springer showed in the minors. Ranked as the fourth top prospect in the Astros by MLB Pipeline, ranks 70th overall.
As good as Fisher was in his cup of coffee with the Astros, Tucker could be exponentially better. Tucker was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft after Alex Bregman was taken second. It is believed that Tucker along with Forrest Whitley are the untouchable prospects in the system. He offers potential star level abilities with the bat and playing defense. Tucker is the second ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline, 27th overall.
The third player is someone fairly new to the organization. He was acquired last year for Josh Fields. Yes, this could become a lopsided trade for the Astros. Alvarez is a 6’5″ slugger signed by the Dodgers in 2016 for $2 million out of Cuba. Alvarez hadn’t even played his first pro game before Jeff Luhnow swooped him up. It was a clever way to sneak him in without spending part of the international pool.
Fisher (left field) batted third and Tucker (right field) batted sixth for team USA, who beat the World team 7-6. Fisher went 1 for 2 with a two-run double to give the team the lead for good. He also stole third base after the double. Tucker had a RBI double as well, so the Astros prospects drove in three of the seven runs.
Alvarez did come in and get two plate appearances, with a single and a walk. He did get a RBI, which is something that we could see a lot in a few years from him. My Talking Stros cohost is excited about Alvarez’s future.
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Will these three still be Astros prospects when the July 31st trade deadline comes and goes? Tucker probably holds the most value, but I think they would be more willing to trade Fisher. Alvarez might fly under the radar due to limited exposure, but he could be part of a trade as well. I like my answer through Talking Stros. The future is bright in Houston.
***Stats from MLB.com and MLB Pipeline***