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Astros add two top prospects to Corpus Christi training site

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 9/8/2020 Chandler Rome

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Astros added two of their top prospects to their 60-man player pool Tuesday.

Catcher Korey Lee and shortstop Jeremy Peña have reported to the team’s alternate training site in Corpus Christi and are working out with the rest of Houston’s reserve players for the 2020 season.

Both Baseball America and MLBPipeline consider the two men top-10 organizational prospects. Both are now eligible to be called up to the major league team, but given the club’s full 40-man roster and the short time remaining in the season, it’s extremely unlikely. With no minor league season, the team just wants some of its best prospects to receive instruction from organizational coaches.

Houston selected Lee with their first-round pick in the 2019 draft in hopes of developing depth at catcher. Lee played for three seasons at Cal, where he was a teammate of Astros manager Dusty Baker’s son Darren.

Lee received 224 at-bats last season at short-season Tri-City, where he slashed .268/.359/.371. He caught only 10 of 30 base stealers in 240 innings behind the plate. Both Baseball America and MLBPipeline rank him as Houston’s No. 7 overall prospect.

Peña is the son of former major leaguer Peña is the son of former major leaguer Geronimo Peña. The Astros picked him in the third round of the 2018 draft. He had a breakout 2019 season between Class A Quad Cities and Class A Advanced Fayetteville, hitting .303 and accruing an .825 OPS in 409 at-bats.

Peña was a non-roster invitee to major league spring training in February and was still in camp when the sport shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Baseball America ranks Peña the team’s third-best prospect while MLBPipeline pegs him No. 6.


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