There are many former Tri-City ValleyCats who are listed on the top 30 prospect list for the Houston Astros according to MLB.com. A few of them may be on the verge of making it to the major leagues this season.

Here's the complete list of the Astros top 30 prospects according to MLB.com
 
#4 A.J. Reed - 1B (2014 ValleyCats)
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#7 Derek Fisher - OF (2014 ValleyCats)
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#8 Joe Musgrove - P (2014 ValleyCats)
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#10 Tony Kemp - 2B/OF (2013 ValleyCats)
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#11 J.D.Davis - 3B (2014 ValleyCats)
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#28 Tyler White - 3B/1B (2013 ValleyCats)
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Yesterday, Jenrry Mejia was banned from Major Baseball Baseball for life after his third and final suspension for PED use.

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Mejia stormed on to the scene with the Mets in 2010 as a 20 year old and was destined for stardom. His career was sidelined by injuries after he missed the entire 2011 season and part of the 2012 season. He eventually regained his control and became the Mets closer in 2014. Then it all fell apart.

Here's a great article from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports about Mejia's rise and fall.

While Mejia's MLB career is over, his baseball career will continue on somewhere. The most likely landing spots for Mejia could be in Japan or in the independent leagues. Japan would most likely be a more logical choice since they can spend more money to obtain him. However, I wouldn't rule out an independent league swooping in to sign him as a side show attraction to bring fans into the park. A few years ago the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League offered Alex Rodriguez a chance to play for them while he waited out his season long suspension. Nothing ever materialized because Rodriguez was still under contract with the Yankees and while the Atlantic League has no affiliation with MLB they do still honor suspension handed down by MLB. However, this isn't written in stone and a team in the league could technically sign Mejia if they wanted. 

Mejia has a ten cent brain but a million dollar arm. Someone will sign him.

UPDATE: I just talked to a source within the Atlantic League and he told me that last year an agreement was made preventing an player currently under suspension from playing the Atlantic League until their suspension is up. This does not apply for other indy leagues.
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