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Who is Joey Loperfido? If you have even a hint of interest in the Houston Astros’ minor league system, let us tell you, you’re missing out if you haven’t heard about this outfielder/first baseman yet. At only 23 years old, Loperfido has already made some major noise at Double-A Corpus Christi. In the past two weeks alone, he’s gone 22-for-46 with five home runs, 17 RBI, six stolen bases, and an impeccable record of eight walks to only seven strikeouts. The Duke alum plays all three outfield positions as well as first base, making Houston’s front office ecstatic about his versatility.

Born in Philadelphia in 1999, Loperfido’s impressive track record boasts a slash line of .317/.416/.470 across four seasons at Duke with 18 home runs, 96 RBI, and 41 steals in 53 attempts. It was his senior year performance that turned all heads in his direction. With a .374 batting average, 8 home runs, and 29 RBI, he quickly caught Houston’s attention, leading them to pick him in the seventh round of the 2021 MLB Draft.

While his initial professional assignment with the Single-A Fayetteville Woodpeckers recorded only a .116 batting average in 19 games, he proved himself on the field in his 2022 campaign. Loperfido hit .304/.399/.473 for the Woodpeckers, bringing his total to nine home runs, 45 RBI, and 30 stolen bases. He then earned a promotion to Asheville, where he continued his exceptional form, hitting .354/.434/.552 with another three home runs and 24 RBI in 26 games.

As of now, Loperfido is 16th on MLB’s Prospect Pipeline, with an overall scouting grade of 40, despite grading above 40 in all five tools (hit 50, power 45, run 55, arm 45, field 50). While his ceiling might be a not-so-modest comparison to Christian Yelich’s peak years, his floor is not far behind: on par with Josh Reddick’s Astros years.

MLB Pipeline predicts that he will be arriving in Houston sometime during the 2024 campaign. However, with the way Loperfido has been playing, he might even surpass this prediction this year. Keep an eye on this up-and-coming star; you’ll thank us later.