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Houston Astros’ Top Prospects 2014: Stock Update For 5 Best Players

Houston Astros' Top Prospects 2014: Stock Update For 5 Best Players

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Even after slugger George Springer debuted for the Houston Astros on April 16, their farm system remains one of the strongest in the majors. Here's a look at their top-five current prospects.

5. Nick Tropeano, SP

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5. Nick Tropeano, SP

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Picked in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB draft, Nick Tropeano has carved a fine minor league career. This season, pitching triple-A ball in the thin air of the Pacific Coast League, he owns a 3.31 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, .207 BAA with 106 strikeouts in 108.2 innings. Tropeano displays above-average control, throwing a low-90s fastball, a plus-change and a work-in-progress slider. He will get a September call and have a shot at the 2015 rotation.

4. Domingo Santana, OF

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4. Domingo Santana, OF

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Domingo Santana is trying to prove himself while currently playing with Astros. In six games he has no hits and 14 strikeouts in 17 at-bats. He did smack 14 home runs at triple-A and was hitting .290/.376/.465 in 396 at-bats. For Santana to succeed at the major league level, he must improve his pitch recognition.

3. Colin Moran, 3B

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3. Colin Moran, 3B

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Colin Moran entered the season ranked by 'Baseball America' as the No. 2 prospect in the Miami Marlins organization. He was dealt to the Astros near the 2014 trade deadline for Jarred Cosart. In his second year as a pro, he's never hit less than .294 at any level. Moran boasts a career .299/.349/.417 line with 11 homers in 569 at-bats. His hand-eye coordination project him as a .300 hitter with good gap power in the majors.

2. Mark Appel, SP

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2. Mark Appel, SP

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Appel has yet to show the minors the talent that made him the 2013 No. 1 overall pick out of Stanford, but in his first full season as a professional, there is no reason to wave a red flag. Appel stands 6-foot-5, and throws a mid-90s fastball, a plus-slider and a potentially plus-change. Houston hoped he'd move faster through their system, but there is little reason not to expect him in the Astros rotation sometime next year.

1. Carlos Correa, SS

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1. Carlos Correa, SS

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The Astros chose Correa as the No. 1 overall pick in 2012. MLB.com ranked him as the mid-season No. 2 prospect, trailing Minnesota's Byron Buxton. With injuries to Buxton, Correa will grace covers of 2015 preseason prospect publications. He hits for both average and power, and has a firm glove with a great arm at short. As far as prospects go, Correa falls into the "can't miss" category. He will be Houston's Opening Day shortstop in 2016.