June 22, 2021

Astros Protect Four ahead of Rule 5 Draft (The Crawfish Boxes)

The deadline for teams to add players to their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft is later tonight, and the Astros have made a set of moves to protect eligible prospects Cristian Javier, Enoli Paredes, Taylor Jones and Nivaldo Rodriguez. All four would have been likely to be selected if left off the 40-man.

The biggest name of the group is Cristian Javier, a right handed starting pitcher who enjoyed one of the best statistical seasons of any hurler in the minor leagues this past season. Pitching across three levels, Javier accumulated 170 strikeouts in just 113 and 23 innings, against 59 walks. Javier’s unique delivery attacks hitters from a bit of an angle, and he brings an arsenal of five legitimate offerings. These traits in combination make Javier very difficult to step in against, and thus far minor league hitters have been unable to solve him. He flirted with a big league call-up in 2019, and could be given a real shot to break camp with the Astros in 2020 depending on what moves they make in the pitching market.

Enoli Paredes also had a very strong season on the farm, and possesses perhaps the best raw stuff in the system now that J.B. Bukauskas is with…

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