By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 23, 2014
Everyone that considers themselves a true fan of the Houston Astros must have knowledge of the incredible minor league system that promises a better future for the recently struggling franchise. What proof is there however that there is really hope there? Let us look at the top 5 prospects for the Astros and see whether their stocks are up or down. With that might rise and fall the future success of the franchise itself.
Through time spent starting and coming out of them bullpen – including one save; McCullers has kept a 3.20 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP so far. That certainly is an attractive number as he learns more and more each time out.
There should be a bigger word for this than just to say his stock is up. Singleton is absolutely blowing up triple-A. You think Springer was doing well before his call-up; check this out. In 19 games Singleton has a .325 average, 1.158 OPS and 25 hits. Of those 25 hits, 15 are extra base hits with 8 being home runs. He also has 25 RBI for the season. I think we all know there is only one thing keeping Singleton from the big leagues.
Springer is right on the edge right now because he was killing it in triple-A before getting called to the majors. With the Astros he looks okay right now though his average is low. If he does well with the Astros and sticks with the MLB club, his stock will rise through the roof. If however, he struggles and has to be sent back down, the stocks will definitely fall. For now he is still up.
Through 3 starts in A advanced, Appel's ERA is over 5.00 and he has a high WHIP as well. The numbers do not carry as much weight at this level as when he goes up but these numbers will drop his stock at least far enough to slow his progress to a normal rate. He still is very promising.
Correa is only at the A advanced level but he is making a lot of noise already. His average is over .300 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 15 RBI so far. He might be as high as double-A before the end of the season at this rate.
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