Glendale Desert Dogs outfielder Ramon Laureano was named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Laureano, who is an outfielder in the Houston Astros organization, hit .444/.476/.778 for the Desert Dogs in five games last week. He collected eight hits in 18 at-bats with two doubles, two triples and three runs batted in. He is one of seven Astros prospects participating in the Arizona Fall League.
Laureano was originally a 16th-round pick by the Astros in the 2014 draft out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. The 22-year-old Dominican broke out in a big way in 2016, as he slashed .319/.428./.528 with 15 home runs in 116 games between Class-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi.
Houston finished 84-78 in 2016, which was relatively disappointing considering many had them tabbed as a World Series contender after a surprisingly successful 2015 campaign. Their playoff hopes were likely dashed all the way back in April when the Astros started a disappointing 7-17 overall. September wound up being the only other month in which Houston played worse than .500 baseball.
Laureano is one of a slew of highly-touted outfielders in the Astros’ organization. Outfielders Kyle Tucker, Derek Fisher, Daz Cameron, Teoscar Hernandez, Gilberto Celestino, Ronnie Dawson, Stephen Wrenn and Yordan Alvarez are each ranked higher than Laureano in Houston’s farm system, per MLB.com.
The Arizona Fall League got underway back on October 11 and will run halfway into November. The regular season concludes on November 17, with the Championship Game slated to take place on November 19.