Astros Prospect Joe Record Showing Out in Arizona Fall League

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The Houston Astros have seven prospects currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, while one, right-hander Joe Record, was named to the West Division Fall Stars. The reliever is the only Astros’ farm hand to make the 2021 AFL Fall Stars Game.

Record pitched his whole ’21 season with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, while two trips to the shelf delayed his progressions. The 26-year-old has yet to pitch past Double-A in his minor-league career, but he could be making a case for major-league spring training.

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Joe Record’s AFL success could bode well for an invitation to Astros spring training.

Record has worked in eight games this fall with 11.2 innings under his belt. The righty has been used to finish two games this season, picking up one save. This is where Record has shined.

While only allowing three hits and three walks in his stay with the Glendale Desert Dogs. The righty has sustained a 0.00 ERA and a 0.51 WHIP with 13 strikeouts in the process.

Record, although never pitching past Double-A, is making a case to either be claimed in the Rule 5 Draft or be invited to Astros’ major-league spring training with sights on a bullpen spot late into the year.

While on the older side of the minor-league pool, Record is having a phenomenal fall, as he picks up a resume boost in response to missing time this summer. If he isn’t claimed in the Rule 5 Draft nor makes the Astros’ major-league spring training roster, it would behoove the Astros to possibly start him in Triple-A next season either way.

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Also, Catcher Korey Lee could slip into the AFL Stars Game. The 23-year-old is in the final three for the “Final 2 Vote” for the West Division. The right-hander has slashed .244/.346/.267 in 12 games this fall, while his defense has been his major plus.