Every year, Minor League Baseball names the players in each organization who had the best season in their position. This year for the Houston Astros, the following Triple-A Sugar Land Skeeters were recognized: JJ Matijevic, CJ Hinojosa, Jake Meyers, Jose Siri, Marty Costes, JP France and Jonathan Bermudez.
Astros’ fans know a few of the names quite well as both Meyers and Siri made their way up to the big leagues and onto the postseason roster.
Astros’ Prospects: Let’s take a look at each Skeeters’ production this past year.
Jake Meyers for one was a big impact on the Astros since being called up August first after the Myles Straw trade. The right-hander hit .260 for the season with six homers and 38 RBI in 49 games in the Astros regular season.
In his four postseason games in the American League Division Series prior to his injury, Meyers hit .375 with two RBI, as he showed he has a bright future. In the 68 games Meyers spent with the Skeeters, he slashed .343 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI.
This year was certainly a breakout year for him, as it was his best performing season even with him playing at the highest level which certainly played a role in the Astros calling him up.
Jose Siri had a limited 14 at-bat season this year with the major-league club, and though he hit .143 with three RBI his one stolen base, he really showcased his true value.
Siri continued that same impact of speed, as he was a pinch-runner often in the postseason for the American League Championship Series and the World Series, swiping a base in each series.
In his 94 games with Sugar Land this year, Siri showcased his power with 16 home runs, 72 RBI and a .318 average. Those power numbers combined with his 24 stolen bases made him an attractive addition to the roster.
Other Triple-A All-Stars:
JJ Matijevic split his time between Double-A Corpus and Sugar Land this year, combing for a solid season at the plate. Matijevic hit .254 this year, which is right along his career average.
In addition to his consistent hitting, he smashed 25 home runs with 75 RBI at first base for the Skeeters. The Astros could see how he progresses and invite him to spring training to see how he competes as a possible future option when Yuli Gurriel leaves or retires.
CJ Hinojosa had a solid year with the Skeeters, hitting .316 at the plate, which is a career best for him. Hinojosa also smacked 11 home runs and drove in 67, but now as a free agent, he is not likely to be a Carlos Correa replacement.
In his third season with the Astros organization, Marty Costes, a 2018 22nd round selection, split his time between Corpus and Sugar Land. The 5-foot-9 outfielder hit .306 with six home runs and 49 RBI with 11 stolen bases.
Although the Astros have a crowded outfield, Costes might have a chance to make an impact if the Astros lose Michael Brantley after his contract is up.
Another 2018 Astros draft pick, starter JP France had a great year and like others, he played for both the Hooks and the Skeeters. France had a combined record of 9-3 with a 3.79 ERA and 157 punch outs.
What was even more impressive for his resume was his 6-1 record with Sugar Land. The right-hander also had a 3.59 ERA. France will definitely get a look in spring training, and it might not be long before we see him in Orange, unless he is taken in the Rule 5 Draft after not being protected on Friday.
Finally, lefty starting pitcher Jonathan Bermudez had a monster season. Bermudez also played for the Hooks and Skeeters and was promoted late to the Skeeters where he performed even better than his already impressive Double-A stint.
Bermudez went 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA a 1.05 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 32.1 innings in Double-A. Overall, Bermudez’s season was very impressive with a 3.24 ERA, and despite his 5-6 record, he had a 1.14 WHIP and 146 strikeouts.
Bermudez is recognized as one of the Astros top prospects, and at 26-years-old, the lefty will definitely get a shot in spring training in 2022 while also making the 40-man roster.