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John Sickels Top 20 Houston Astros Prospects

John Sickels (SB Nation) and his site (MinorLeagueBall) has been becoming more and more popular throughout the years, and Sickels is generally well respected amongst prospect evaluators. Sickels is different however, in that his opinions on several prospects will vary from the general consensus. He sometimes is a lot higher or lower than other evaluators, but it’s good to see an “expert” vary from the consensus from time to time.

There is more to check out in the article, including notes on everyone from the top 20 and I encourage y’all to take a peak.

Previous Lists

Baseball Prospectus Top 10 Astros Prospects

Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects

FanGraphs Top 10 Astros Prospects

FanGraphs Top 100 Prospects

Baseball America Top 10 Astros Prospects

MLB.com Top 100 Prospects

ESPN (Keith Law) Top 10 Prospects

ESPN Top 100 Prospects

MLBDraftInsider Top 100 Prospects


The List/Grades

1. Carlos Correa: A

2. George Springer: A-

3. Mark Appel: A-

4. Michael Foltynewicz: B+

5. Lance McCullers Jr: B

6. Vincent Velasquez: B

7. Domingo Santana: B

8. Michael Feliz: Grade B

9. Jonathan Singleton: B

10. Rio Ruiz: B

11. Delino DeShields: B (Borderline B-)

12. Asher Wojciechowski: B- 

13. Max Stassi: B-

14. Nick Tropeano: B-

15. Josh Hader: B-

16. Kyle Smith: B-

17. Andrew Thurman: B-

18. Danry Vasquez: B-

19. Teoscar Hernandez: C+

20. Nolan Fontana: C+

Other Players Graded As A C+ By Sickels – Kent EmanuelTyler HeinemanLeonardo Heras, Brady RodgersPreston Tucker, Aaron West.


My Thoughts

  • Talk about DEPTH!!! That is a total of 26 guys rated as a C+ or higher, and I’m going to assume that’s the highest of any minor league system around today. You could even argue a few more prospects deserve a C+ grade, but I’m not going to be nitpicking at this time.
  • Sickels has always been a bit down on Singleton, waiting for him to finally break out. Since Singleton has yet to show anything to Sickels, he’s rated 9, the lowest on any prospect list so far, though Sickels does note that he thinks the potential is still there.
  • Another prospect that isn’t talked about much amongst Astros fans is Michael Feliz. Feliz isn’t on every “Top 10 Astros Prospects” lists, and 8 is the highest he has been rated this season. 2014 is a big season for Feliz’s prospect status, and he could vault into the Astros top five with another strong year.

There should still be a few more lists coming out over the next month. Stay tuned!

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