Ranking the Houston Astros’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
Ranking the Houston Astros' Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
There is a ranking system for the minor league prospects for every Major League Baseball team. The Houston Astros are no different but they do work on a slightly different scale it seems. For example: Their number six prospect would probably be the number one prospect in 80% of the MLB organizations. It really isn’t a different scale. It only appears to be because they are so incredibly rich in their system.
It doesn’t stop at the top ten either. They keep going way down the list. Players that could be the next great player at any and every position around the diamond are stuffed into this farm system. With a present time that looks so down with so many losing seasons in a row, it really brightens the world for the Astros fans to know what the future holds.
They have the best prospects in the game and the people at the top that know which ones are expendable and which ones are not. For our purposes here today we will take a look at the top ten prospects in this very rich organization. In all likelihood the next great breakout star of the Astros is on this list you are about to read. There is a nice little comment section below for any agreeable not-so-agreeable comments you might have. Otherwise enjoy the slideshow.
10 – Vincent Velasquez
Velasquez is back from Tommy John surgery and already doing extremely well. His fastball is in the low-90s and he has good other options developing well.
9 – Domingo Santana
How does 25 homers and 64 RBI strike you when coupled with a .842 OPS? Santana has all the tools and still has time to develop further. According to projections he could bounce himself onto the roster in 2014 and with the way the team has played that seems completely possible.
8 - Nolan Fontana
Fontana is one of those guys that can do all of the little things very well. There is a place on the Astros for a few guys like that and you can probably pencil Fontana into the roster somewhere in the next few years.
7 – Delino DeShields
DeShields is one of the best speedster prospects in the game and he has a little pop as well to brag about. He probably will hold a spot on the roster when spring training turns into opening day 2014.
6 – Mike Foltynewicz
The Astros have no shortage of pitching prospects that just continues with Foltynewicz. He has a great fastball in the making as well. Other pitches will come along with it and he looks to be fairly ready for success right where he is.
5 – Lance McCullers
They just keep coming with these guys. McCullers has one of those incredible fastballs that top out in the high 90’s. It will be a few years before the rest of his pitches catch up but when they do this man will be a star on a mound somewhere.
4 – Mark Appel
Seriously, talking about top 90’s fastballs is almost getting old hat at this point but yes, here is another one. The difference with Appel is that his other pitches are already coming along and he’s only a little more than a year away from blowing up a mound with that big heater of his at the big league level.
3 – George Springer
How many times have we heard this young man’s name? Is he really all that impressive or are they just blowing smoke? In 135 games he hit .303 with 37 homers, 108 RBI and a 1.010 OPS. So I guess the answer is yes. He is actually that impressive. Springer should show up sometime in 2014 and it might be very early on if things go the right way.
2 – Jonathan Singleton
Singleton has every bit the chance to be a productive constant force for the Astros very soon. His hitting still needs a little work but that can happen extremely fast for someone with this level of talent. Look for him to hit the scene in 2014 as well at one time or another.
1 – Carlos Correa
Correa has only been at it a couple of seasons now but the entire Astros world is already very excited about the progress he has made. They will enjoy allowing him to fully develop as he is sure to be a force on their roster by around 2016.