Freudis Nova
20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Houston Astros A+
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Freudis Nova in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Astros in July of 2016 that includes a $1.2 million signing bonus.
Protected from Rule 5 draft
SSHouston Astros  A+
November 20, 2020
Nova was added to the Astros' 40-man roster Friday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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Nova isn't particularly close to being big-league ready, but the team invested seven figures in signing him back in 2016, and didn't want another team to scoop him up in the Rule 5 draft. Improving his approach and getting to his power and speed more in games will be a priority when he heads to High-A this season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
In his age-18 season, Nova showed that he still has plenty of the traits typically found in young, raw hitters -- he rarely walks (3.8 BB%) and is extremely pull-heavy (62.2 Pull%) -- but he also displayed the significant upside that landed him on the dynasty-league radar a couple years ago. Despite that minuscule walk rate, he was 20% better than the average Gulf Coast League hitter, cranking out six home runs (tied for sixth in the league) while rarely striking out (13.4 K%). Nova (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) saw time at second base, but could stick at shortstop long term. He is a plus runner with the potential to develop plus game power in the coming years -- tools that separate him from most shortstop prospects. However, he won't be a fast riser through the system. The Astros know he has plenty of work to do on both sides of the ball, so look for him to be held back in extended spring training before being assigned to the New York-Penn League.
One man gathers what another man spills, and the Astros appear to have scooped up a potential five-tool shortstop. Houston swooped in and signed Nova for $1.2 million during the 2016 July 2 international signing period after the Marlins balked on the athletic shortstop when he tested positive for steroids in February 2016. His professional debut in the Dominican Summer League was a huge success, as he was 10 percent better than league average (110 wRC+) and only struck out 17.4 percent of the time while showing off impressive power and speed. Nova, who measures in at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and turned 18 this offseason, may outgrow shortstop, but he has the upside to someday be a top-10 prospect in the game, even at third base. Considering he has not yet made his stateside debut, the lead time and risk are extreme, but in deeper dynasty leagues, owners need to get aggressive on toolsy Latin American hitters and roster them before they blow up.
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Opens in extended spring training
SSHouston Astros  A+
April 7, 2018
Nova will open the year in extended spring training, MLB.com's Jim Callis reports.
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Signs for $1.2 million
SSHouston Astros  A+
July 2, 2016
Nova signed with the Astros for $1.2 million on Saturday.
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