Astros: Breaking Down 40-Man Roster Rule 5 Draft Protection

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Freudis Nova, Infielder, outrighted and assigned to Sugar Land

Freudis Nova signed with the Astros in July of 2016 and has never played above High-A. The Astros placed him on the 40-man roster after the 2020 instructional league, but opted not to protect Nova this year. Nova slashed .224/.301/.369 in 282 at-bats with Asheville in 2021. At 21-years-old, Nova has plus raw power, but chases and struck out 24% of the time at Asheville.