Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; World infielder Ji-Man Choi (51) catches the ball as USA infielder George Springer (4) during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. USA defeated World 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Six Houston Astros Included In Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects

This year is the 25th year that Baseball America has come out with a top 100 prospects list. This year’s list was comprised of many members of the staff, so it doesn’t just reflect only one of Baseball America’s writers. You will notice that six Astros made this year’s Baseball America list, the third highest in the MLB. What’s interesting is that the #6 Astros prospect (according to Baseball America one month ago) did not make the list, yet #7 was included. Who and how? Find out below.

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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

John Sickels Top 20 Astros Prospects


The List

6. Carlos Correa – ETA: 2016

The Astros hope to accelerate their rebuilding process after three brutal seasons; Correa should keep up with big numbers in the California League.

18. George Springer – ETA: 2014

The Astros likely won’t have any interest in calling up Springer until after May in order to delay his arbitration clock, so he has at least two solid months to learn to drive outside pitches the other way.

39. Mark Appel – ETA: 2015

Appel’s stuff suffered a bit from his post-draft layoff, so he didn’t knock anyone’s socks off in his pro debut. A full spring of preparation should allow the No. 1 overall pick’s velocity to return.

59. Michael Foltynewicz – ETA: 2015

Foltynewicz blossomed with the Astros’ tandem-starter system at Double-A. Greater pitch efficiency could help him get past six innings more than once, his 2013 total.

77. Lance McCullers Jr. – ETA: 2016

McCullers’ fastball and hard breaking ball are both premium pitches. His changeup has to progress to keep him a rotation option long-term.

82. Jonathan Singleton – ETA: 2014

Singleton really has to work on when to toke, er, take and when he’s too passive. Attacking fastballs he can hit is a must.


Quick Thought

Who was the Astros #6 prospect that didn’t make the list? That was none other than Vincent Velasquez. With his exclusion, that makes four total top-100 lists so far this offseason that Velasquez has been left off of, while being included in just two. J.J. Cooper (Baseball America) was nice enough to answer my tweet asking why Velasquez was left off, even after being placed ahead of Singleton in the Astros top 10 list.

Velasquez had a great season last year, but still has a lot too prove this season. With another great season under his belt, Velasquez can easily put himself on top-100 lists next offseason, and even likely earn a top-50 spot.

Stay tuned for more top-Astros prospect lists and top-100 MLB prospect lists.

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