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Hello there Astros fans! Are you ready to meet the new kids on the block? It’s no secret that the Astros have been known for grooming young talent, even if their farm system hasn’t always reflected it. And this season is no different. Six rookies have broken camp with the big club, each with their own unique talents and potential. So, let’s take a closer look at what we can expect from these fresh faces in 2023.

First up, we have Yainer Diaz, a catcher/first baseman/outfielder who was acquired in the Myles Straw trade. Diaz is a powerful hitter with plenty of minor league success under his belt. He may not get a ton of time behind the plate with Martin Maldonado still around, but he can certainly make a difference with his bat.

Next, we have Hunter Brown, the organization’s top pitching prospect, who will be joining the rotation. Brown boasts some of the best stuff in the sport, including a riding fastball and plus breaking balls. If he can work on his command, he could be a real asset for the team.

David Hensley is another rookie with impressive versatility. At 6’6”, he can play almost anywhere on the field except for catcher, and has proved to be a patient hitter with a lot of raw power. While he may not get a ton of playing time, he could be a valuable member of the team’s bench.

Ronel Blanco, a 29-year-old righty, has been a legend in the Dominican Winter League and is now getting his shot in the majors. He’s a power-oriented pitcher with a fastball that can miss bats, and has impressed the team enough in spring training to earn longer outings.

And last but not least, we have Corey Julks, a consistent minor league performer who really found his power stroke in 2021. He’s a patient hitter who can hit for both power and average. While he may not be an everyday player yet, he could certainly help out in left field.

These rookies all have unique skills and potential that could contribute to the team’s success this season. So be on the lookout for them as they make their mark in the big leagues. And who knows, maybe one of them will have a breakout season like Jeremy Peña did in 2022!