The grand unveiling of MLB.com’s top prospects is an exciting time of the year, especially for teams like the Houston Astros who are in a rebuilding mode. All the planning, scouting and development can be validated by how a team’s system stacks up against the rest of the teams in the league.
The Astros landed seven prospects in the top 66. Former second baseman-turned-outfielder Delino Deshields Jr. ranked in at no. 66, while Mike Foltynewicz came in at no. 54, Lance McCullers Jr. at no. 52, Jonathan Singleton at no. 50, George Springer at no. 21, Mark Appel at no. 17 and Carlos Correa at no. 8.
The Astros lead the league in prospect points in the top 100 list. The second-place team, the Boston Red Sox, were only three points behind but also had two more players ranked in the top 100.
So there you have it — based on the MLB.com’s top prospects in each system, the Astros have the best overall group. As of right now, the rebuilding process of the completely gutted Astros from years ago is coming along rather well. They’ve used their consecutive first overall picks well as Appel and Correa are the two highest-rated prospects in the system.
The Astros have another first overall pick this summer, so the chock-full system they possess now is only going to get better. With Springer and Singleton figuring to factor into the major league squad come April, all these prospects that Astros fans have heard so much about will finally be able to show their stuff on the grandest stage. After that, it’s all about keeping the pipeline to the majors flowing, and GM Jeff Luhnow appears to be the perfect guy for the job.