The Astros announced this afternoon they’ve designated right-hander Jairo Solis for assignment (relayed by Jake Kaplan of the Athletic). The move clears 40-man roster space for the signing of utilityman Niko Goodrum, which has been made official.
Solis, 22, has yet to pitch above Low-A. Signed for a $450K bonus during the 2016-17 international signing period, he quickly elevated his prospect status with a velocity spike in pro ball. Baseball America wrote in 2019 that he’d run his fastball up to 98 MPH and slotted him among the top half of Houston’s top 30 prospects every year from 2018-20. Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs ranked him third in the Houston farm system as recently as last year, while his colleague Kevin Goldstein wrote in February that Solis could emerge as a top 100 overall prospect with a breakout performance in 2021.
More to come.