J.J. Cooper of Baseball America put out his Houston Astros top 10 prospects heading into the 2014 season. Prospects lists are always fun, and there’s bound to be several more “top 10″ lists out within the next month or two.
There is plenty more to read in the article, and I encourage y’all to check it out.
3. Mark Appel
5. Lance McCullers Jr.
Through three lists so far this season, each list has had Correa, Springer, and Appel as the top three Astros prospects in that order. All three lists also agree on the players in the 4-8 range, but they all have a different order. Jonathan Singleton seems to be the prospect that most “experts” can’t agree on. Singleton had a rough 2013, but a very strong and promising winter league experience.
Wherever Singleton is placed within the 4-8 range, he’s joined by three other pitching prospects. All three lists agree Foltynewicz is the second best pitching prospect in the organization. The lists do disagree in regards to McCullers and Velasquez, with BA giving McCullers the edge. Domingo Santana rounds out all lists at number 8.
The last two prospects is where “experts” have their tough choices. There have been four separate choices at 9 and 10 between the two lists, with Ruiz and Feliz being picked twice. Ruiz struggled the first few months at Quad Cities, but had a strong second half of the season. Feliz is soon going to lose “sleeper” status, as he’s quickly becoming one of the better pitching prospects in baseball.
Again, what’s clear with all these lists is how deep the Astros system seems to be. Delino DeShields Jr. has yet to appear on one top 10 list this offseason, though he’s easily in the 11-15 range. The Astros have arguably close to 20-25 prospects who could make top 10 lists on other teams.
Astros fans, the future is near.