Ramon Laureano, a 22-year-old outfielder who finished the year with the Corpus Christi Hooks this season, was named the Arizona Fall League player of the week.
Playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs, Laureano was all over the ball in 5 games, compiling a .444/.476/.778 slash line. In 18 at bats, Laureano got on base 10 times while hitting 2 doubles and 2 triples.
"He has looked incredible out here, is absolutely whacking everything. I think he's a top prospect in that season." - Eric Longenhagen
Ramon Laureano is the Astros' 29th ranked prospect on MLB.com after having a big 2016. Originally being drafted in the 16th round in the 2014 June Ameutur Draft Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Laureano rose his stock this season by tearing it up for both the Astros' High-A and Double-A affiliates.
Laureano hit .317/.426/.519 for a wRC+ of 155 for the Lancaster JetHawks, and hit an even better .323/.432/.548 slash-line for the Corpus Christi Hooks, having the third highest wRC+ of all players who wore a Hook jersey this season.
Laureano doesn't have a ton of power, but is speedy and has a great knack for getting on base. Laureano led the Minor leagues in on-base percentage amongst full-season players, stole 43 bases, and graded positively defensively in centerfield in 2016, though he can play any out-field position.
The development of Laureano over the 2016 season and through the Arizona Fall League is good news for the Astros, as their deep farm system seemingly continues to get deeper with the emergence of lower, off-the-radar prospects. Laureano is one of several highly-touted Astros outfielders and could be a sleeper to receive playing time in the outfield for the Astros in the 2017 Major League season.
The Astors have 6 prospects participating in the Arizona Fall League, 4 of which are in the Astros top 30. The AFL started league player on October 11th and will run through mid-November.