MLB Pipeline Astros’ prospects of the year: Jake Meyers and Hunter Brown
The Minor-League Baseball season came to end this past Sunday with the completion of the Triple A Final Stretch. The Houston Astros‘ affiliate, the Sugar Land Skeeters, were Triple-A West East Champions, as they welcomed some of the organization’s top prospects to close out the year.
MLB Pipeline released an article of Prospects of the Year for every organization on Monday that pointed out the success of current major-leaguer Jake Meyers and No. 3 prospect Hunter Brown in the Astros’ organization.
How did Astros Jake Meyers and Hunter Brown favor in their 2021 minor-league seasons?
Jake Meyers, OF
In 2017, the Astros selected Jake Meyers in the 13th round out of the University of Nebraska, where he excelled as an outfielder and as a starting pitcher. Meyers’ breed is one-of-a-kind, while he throws left-handed and hits right-handed. But what makes it weirder is that his counterpart, Chas McCormick, does the same.
Before having his contract selected after the trade deadline, Meyers was slashing .343/.408/.598 with 16 homers over 68 games in Triple-A. The right-hander’s new stroke of power was also backed by his speed (10 stolen bases) and admirable defense in center. Meyers was also the Astros’ Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America.
Hunter Brown, RHP
The Astros selected Hunter Brown in the fifth round of the 2019 MLB Draft, as the right-hander made the jump to Triple-A after starting the year in Double-A Corpus Christi. Brown posted a 4.16 ERA, a 6-5 record and 127 strikeouts across 97.1 innings between both teams.
In other Triple-A news from Tuesday, Peter Solomon was named the Triple A West East Pitcher of the Year, while he, Ronel Blanco, Jose Siri, Jake Meyers and CJ Hinojosa were named to the Triple A West All-Star team.
The Astros’ haven’t had an overly hyped prospect crop since 2019, but in the 2022 MLB Draft (28th pick), they will see a first round pick again for the first time since ’19. Homegrown talent is what Houston has fed on over the last few years, as they rank top three in organizations regarding in-house products in the postseason: