Just two days after ranking the Astros as his number one farm system in baseball, and one day after putting seven Astros on his top 100 prospects list, ESPN’s Keith Law announced his top 10 Houston Astros prospects.
There is plenty more to read in the article (Insider only), and I encourage y’all to check it out.
2. Mark Appel
6. Delino DeShields Jr.
8. Lance McCullers Jr.
9. Rio Ruiz
10. Michael Feliz
Law’s Notes (Will only take a little since it’s a pay website)
Law gives Astros fans a bonus by adding another 5 prospects.
11. Domingo Santana – Would make every other org’s top 10.
12. Teoscar Hernandez - Has great bat speed and above-average power and speed potential.
13. Andrew Thurman - Has four pitches with command and feel.
14. Asher Wojciechowski - Has been 91-94 with three average-ish pitches.
15. Nolan Fontana – Played average or fringe-average defense at short.
- Law notes power arms in short season ball with potential: Jandel Gustave, Reymin Guduan, Chris Lee, and Ravel Santana.
- Law thinks Nick Tropeano will be a reliever in the long run.
- Law mention Feliz as the most likely to jump into next year’s top 50. Santana also has a chance.
I tend to agree with Law’s assessment on Tropeano. I think of him as a fringe #5 SP, but more likely a long reliever. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Astros deal him in a trade as they have tons of SP depth, and other teams may think more highly of him.
It was also nice seeing Law mention the young arms in short season ball. It’s way to early in their career’s to think of them as top 100 guys, but if just one of them develops into a FOR (front-of-rotation) pitcher, then it’s a win for the Houston front office.