Astros: Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks Preview
By James Wehr
“Juuuuust A Bit Outside”: Prospects on the outside of Top 30, but you need to remember.
The following players were just on the outside of the Astros Top 30 list. However, that doesn’t mean they are people you shouldn’t know. Let’s take a look at two names you need to remember.
Once ranked #20 on the Astros Prospect list, Adcock is a cunning left-handed pitcher that has all the makings of being a Dallas Keuchel clone. Standing 6’1″, Adcock brings a fastball, changeup, curve arsenal to the table. He is known more for his ability to induce the ground ball rather than blow it by the batter.
In 2018, Adcock spent time in both Single-A and Double-A, posting a combined 2.89 ERA over 106 Innings and striking out 95. While in Double-A, he was able to carve out a nice piece out of the hitters in the Texas League, as he finished with a 3.49 ERA and 28 strikeouts through 38 innings.
If he can continue to build on his success in Corpus, Adcock could and should be a very nice back of the rotation type player who can both eat innings and keep hitters honest.
Hailing from Mazatlan, Mexico, the 6’0″ 23-year-old right-hander is nothing short than a workhorse. After signing as an international free agent in 2015, Hernandez has worked his way up the charts in the Astros’ organization.
Mainly working out of the pen, Hernandez boasts a lively fastball and a changeup that counters its predecessor. He has shown a knack for missing the bat, as evident from his 127 strikeouts in 2016. After missing out on all of 2017 with injury, Hernandez bounced back in 2018 and posted a respectable 48 strikeouts over 56 innings. Look for Hernandez to be a staple coming out of the pen and closing down games for Corpus Christi this year.