Cristian Javier
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
An international signee out of the Dominican Republic, Javier was added to the Astros 40-man roster, shielding him from the Rule 5 draft. The 6-foot-1 righthander features a fastball in the low 90s, touching 96. Not surprisingly considering the organization, what Javier's fastball lacks in velocity is made up for via high spin. He throws a curve and slider, both highly reliant on rotation. Javier's fate may depend on how well he develops his change-up, an offering better with less spin. With that effective pitch to combat lefthanders, Javier's long-term role is in the rotation with the bullpen as a fallback. Javier worked at three levels last season, finishing with a short stint at Triple-A Round Rock where he'll likely start the 2020 campaign. Javier has excelled at every level. If he impresses with the Express, he could get a look as a reliever later in the season as Houston often does with young arms. Read Past Outlooks
Protected from Rule 5 draft
PHouston Astros
November 20, 2019
Javier was added to the Astros' 40-man roster on Wednesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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The move protects the 22-year-old from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. He recorded an excellent 1.74 ERA and a 37.3 percent strikeout rate in 113.2 innings across the three highest levels of the minors last season, though only 11 of those innings came at the Triple-A level, so he may not be a candidate to make the big-league roster just yet.
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Earns organizational honors
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September 22, 2019
Javier was named the Astros' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Promoted to Triple-A
PHouston Astros
August 23, 2019
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Promoted to Double-A
PHouston Astros
May 16, 2019
Javier was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Racking up strikeouts in A-ball
PHouston Astros
June 28, 2018
Javier tossed seven scoreless innings Wednesday for High-A Buies Creek in its 7-3 win over Myrtle Beach. He gave up four hits and a walk and struck out eight.
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