HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Top prospect Forrest Whitley is one of five players added to the Astros 40-man roster in order to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft, general manager James Click announced Friday.
Whitley, 23, was rated as the 25th best prospect in Major League Baseball by Baseball America before the 2020 season, the third straight year he’s been in the top 25. He spent the entire season at the Astros alternate training site in Corpus Christi but didn’t pitch due to an injury.
Along with Whitley, the Astros added pitchers Tyler Ivey, Jairo Solis, and Peter Solomon as well as infielder Freudis Nova.
Nova, 20, is rated by MLB.com as the Astros second best prospect and spent 2019 with Class A Quad Cities where he was the youngest player in the Midwest League.
Solis, 20, is rated as the Astros 8th best prospect by MLB.com after missing the 2019 season due to Tommy John Surgery. He struck out 120 batters over 112 innings in two seasons in the Astros system.
Solomon, 24, was drafted by the Astros in the fourth round of the 2016 out of Notre Dame. He compiled a 2.30 ERA in 27 games across three seasonz in the Astros organization, but underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2019.
Ivey, 24, last pitched at Class AA Corpus Christi in 2019 where he posted a 4-0 record with a 1.57 ERA. The Astros drafted him in the third round of the 2017 draft.
In order to make room on their 40-man roster, the Astros traded pitcher Brandon Bailey to the Cincinnati Reds for cash considerations and outrighted pitcher Rogelio Armenteros and infielder Jack Mayfield. Both players were claimed off waivers, Armenteros by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Jack Mayfield by the Atlanta Braves.
The Astros currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.