Another top 100 prospects list, this time from ESPN’s Keith Law. Just a day after ranking the Astros as his number one farm system in baseball, Law put seven different Astros prospects in his top 100.
There is plenty more to read in the article (Insider only), and I encourage y’all to check it out.
Where do they rank? (Will only take a little since it’s a pay website)
4. Carlos Correa
He hit .338/.410/.479 after an early-May DL stint caused by a pitch taken off the wrist, improving his approach at the plate as the season went on, and making far more contact than you’d expect of a player his age in his first year of pro ball — he ranked above the league median in strikeout rate even with the bad start to his season.
11. Mark Appel
After hearing questions about his willingness to attack hitters and get swings and misses on his off-speed stuff, Appel tightened everything up for 2013, showing a little more velocity, a sharper breaking ball and a real willingness to claim the inner half of the plate and get into hitters’ kitchens more than he had in the past.
19. George Springer
Springer could be a 30/30 player who draws plenty of walks; his ultimate value will depend on the contact he makes still being hard contact.
70. Michael Foltynewicz
It’s an ace’s fastball, but I think the overall package is more of a league-average to above-average starter, 200-plus innings of better performance than the Astros have seen from a starter in quite some time.
78. Jonathan Singleton
Everything the industry liked about Singleton in 2012 is still there — a beautiful left-handed swing with extension through contact for power and great balance from start to finish.
80. Delino DeShields Jr.
He can hit, with a short swing and strength to drive the ball to the gaps and maybe peaking as a 10-12 homer guy. An 80-grade runner in high school, he’s more of a 65 runner now when underway, which is still plenty fast to rack up high stolen-base totals in the majors.
82. Vincent Velasquez
Velasquez has filled out nicely since high school and now sits at 93-94 mph with his fastball — touching 96. He’s always had a good changeup, which now shows plus at times, with average command of both pitches and above-average control overall.
Quick Two Cents
Solid list overall. Other than usual fan bias wanting your players over others, you can’t really argue much with this list. Would have been nice to see Lance McCullers on the list but what can you do. Law does give some interesting insight on DeShields which I urge you to check out if you have an ESPN Insider account. His thoughts there do make me worry a bit.