Ranking Houston Astros' Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

By Jacob Kornhauser

Ranking Houston Astros' Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

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The Astros have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball even though some of their top prospects have made their way to the major leagues already. With a solid mix of pitching and hitting, the future looks bright for the lowly Astros. These 10 players represent some of that future going forward.

10. RHP Vincent Velasquez

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10. RHP Vincent Velasquez

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2014 Stats: 7-5, 3.52 ERA and 91 strikeouts

Velasquez is a power pitcher who will whiff opposing batters with the best of them. His array of pitches makes him an intriguing starter option eventually, but the Astros would like to see him develop a bit more before making the call.

9. OF Teoscar Hernandez

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9. OF Teoscar Hernandez

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2014 Stats: .292 average, 21 home runs, 85 RBIs, 33 steals

Hernandez is one of the best all-around position players the Astros have in their system. He can hit for power and he has plus speed, so he figures to eventually be hitting in the middle of the order. How he does in 2015 could go a long way toward deciding his future in Houston.

8. 3B Rio Ruiz

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8. 3B Rio Ruiz

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2014 Stats: .293 average, 11 home runs, 77 RBIs

Ruiz is a nice left-handed bat from the third base position, which is rare. While he won't hit for great power, he can drive in runs with the best of them and that appeals to the Astros. It remains to be seen if he will be an everyday player or not, but if he can grow into his power a bit more, he could be the team's third baseman before too long.

7. RHP Michael Feliz

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7. RHP Michael Feliz

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2014 Stats: 8-6, 4.03 ERA and 111 strikeouts

Even though Feliz can be overpowering at times, he gives up a little bit too much contact. He's someone who can blow it by you, but sometimes his off-speed pitches will flatten out and become very hittable. In 2015, he needs to show he can adjust to pro hitters and improve upon his numbers from a year ago.

6. RHP Mike Foltynewicz

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6. RHP Mike Foltynewicz

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2014 Stats: 7-7, 5.08 ERA and 102 strikeouts (minor leagues)

Foltynewicz actually reached the major leagues last season, pitching 18.2 innings out of the bullpen. He may break Spring Training with the team if he can show better command of his pitches because that's a problem at this point. If he can do that, he could be a solid member of the back end of the bullpen.

5. 3B Colin Moran

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5. 3B Colin Moran

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2014 Stats: .296 average, seven home runs, 55 RBIs

Moran was acquired from the Marlins and made this farm system even deeper. He's another lefty-batting third baseman, which is valuable. He hasn't shown the ability to hit for a high average to this point, but his ability to drive in runs projects him as a No. 5 or 6 hitter in the order.

4. RHP Lance McCullers

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4. RHP Lance McCullers

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2014 Stats: 3-6, 5.47 ERA and 115 strikeouts

McCullers has the raw stuff to be a star at the next level, but he just hasn't had the results yet. His 115 strikeouts show his potential to be a star at some point, but he needs to gain better control of all of his pitches and he needs to learn to pitch out of trouble. Once he does that, he will be in Houston for good.

3. OF Domingo Santana

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3. OF Domingo Santana

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2014 Stats: .296 average, 16 home runs, 81 RBIs

Santana seems like the real deal as a good all-around hitter. He impressed the Astros enough that he got a September call-up last season, and he could be there for good starting in 2015. Expect him to hit in the No. 2 or 6 spot in the order based on his power upside.

2. RHP Mark Appel

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2. RHP Mark Appel

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2014 Stats: 3-7, 6.91 ERA and 78 strikeouts

Appel was the top pick in baseball last season and he struggled in his first minor league season. However, the stuff was there, now he just needs to get the mental part of his game down. As long as he stays healthy, Appel could be in Houston as early as mid-year.

1. SS Carlos Correa

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1. SS Carlos Correa

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2014 Stats: .325 average, six home runs, 57 RBIs and 20 steals

Correa is the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball for a reason. He can steal bases, he hits for a very high average and he's well-above average in the field. All of these things add up to Correa being the next future star to join the Astros in the near future.

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