Ranking the Houston Astros’ Top 5 Prospects of Spring Training

Ranking the Houston Astros' Top 5 Prospects of Spring Training

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The days of Houston Astros' fans having to swallow their pride due to the annual ineptitude of this franchise will soon be coming to end, as an assembly line of impact prospects is taking shape. Spring Training is a dangerous display of small sample sizes, so this ranking system will be taking into account two key aspects. Each players month of March performance, combined with the overall impression made on the big-league club.

5. Jonathan Singleton - 1B

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5. Jonathan Singleton - 1B

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Spring Stats Highlights: 22 AB / 1 HR / 3 RBI / 8 BB / .333 OBP

The left-handed slugger and future franchise one-bagger owns tremendous upside, which so far is masking his lackluster Spring. You never quite know which version will show up to punch-in on any given day. Will it be the minor-league career .386 OBP installment, or is this franchise risking another drug suspension. His current .333 OBP is keeping him afloat.

ETA: Opening Day

4. George Springer - OF

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4. George Springer - OF

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Spring Stats Highlights: 25 AB / 4 SB / 7 BB / .375 OBP

George Springer owns many detractors, due to high is strikeout rate (9 K's this spring), and there is no hiding the fact that major league pitchers know how to capitalize on a hitter's flaws. What makes this kid such an interesting case study is that at the same time, he possesses respectable plate discipline. The power-speed combo will help mask his deficiencies.

ETA: Late June

3. Carlos Correa - SS

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3. Carlos Correa - SS

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Spring Stats Highlights: 23 AB / 2 HR / 3 RBI / .478 SLG%

To come out of the gate sporting a .174 batting average seems like Carlos Correa might be in over his head; however, it doesn't do him justice. To slug at a .478 clip during that span says all he needs is continued reps, which will work wonders for the long haul. Some Spring Training plate discipline is in need, but this kid's armor is solid.

ETA: 2015 (September possible)

2. Mike Foltynewicz - SP (Purple Tie)

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2. Mike Foltynewicz - SP (Purple Tie)

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Spring Stats Highlights: 8.1 IP / 2.16 ERA / 0.84 WHIP / 3 SO

Mike Foltynewicz is throwing his hat in the ring to soon become a mainstay in the Astros' starting rotation, on the verge of forming a solid one-two punch with future face of the organization Mark Appel. The power righty is finally showing command of his pitches after a career minor league WHIP of 1.39 had many questioning if he would stick in a bullpen role.

ETA: 2015

1. Robbie Grossman - OF

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1. Robbie Grossman - OF

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Spring Stats Highlights: 24 AB / .417 BA / 1.073 OPS / 1 HR / 3 RBI

Owning 257 career at-bats doesn't make you a prospect? Tell that to Robbie Grossman, who's toiled in the minors in years past. After a sour taste last season, a message is now being sent and it's being heard loud and clear. This is the definition of a kid who's earning it, determined to carve out an everyday role. Grossman can contribute across the board.

ETA: Opening Day

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