Marc Hulet (FanGraphs) has been evaluating prospects for approximately 10 years, and he says this is probably one of the “worse” groups since he first started writing about prospects. Though that may be the case, the Astros are still represented well with six different players making the top 100, with the lowest Astro coming in at 67.
There is more to check out in the article, and I encourage y’all to take a peak.
The List (he had notes for top 10 players only)
Speaking of teenagers, Correa produced an .872 OPS in Low-A ball in 2013 — as an 18 year old. The former first overall selection in the 2012 draft has an advanced (and mature) approach that belies his age.
14. George Springer
26. Mark Appel
A very interesting list by Hulet. This is is lowest (or highest, depending on how you look at it) we have seen Correa on the list, coming in at #9. The players above Correa certainly deserve the attention they are receiving, so it’s not a “slap in the face” to Correa. Hulet also ranks Appel at 26, the lowest Appel has been on top 100 lists so far this offseason.
While not as high on Correa and Appel as other prospect evaluators, Hulet puts both Springer and Velasquez higher than any other evaluators. Springer is generally considered a top-20 prospect in baseball, though Hulet considers him a top-15 talent. Velasquez, who has been left off of all lists except Keith Law’s top-100 through this point, comes in at 67, a ranking that has Astros fans excited for his important upcoming season.
There are still a few more top-10 and top-100 lists expected. Stay tuned!