Mar 9, 2014; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros manager Bo Porter (16) waves his team to the clubhouse before playing the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring training exhibition game at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Send Down All Their Top Prospects

Carlos Correa…GONE!

George Springer…GONE!

Jonathan Singleton…GONE!

It won’t be happening early on this season, but I hope that’s our future 2-3-4 going back-to-back-to-back.

The Houston Astros have sent down all their top prospects left in Spring Training. Joining the “Big Three” on the way out of Kissimmee are Mark Appel, Michael Foltynewicz, and Delino DeShields.

Here’s what Foltynewicz had to say when leaving the team:

Of course the timing of Springer being sent down is curious after Ken Rosenthal’s report on Springer and the Astros yesterday. Here’s what Springer and Luhnow had to say:

It looks like the Astros avoided a scare in regards to Correa’s hand. He says he felt good and that the X-Rays showed no fractures. He expects to be sore, but doesn’t expect to miss much time. Correa said he can’t wait to be in Houston and enjoyed his time at Spring Training.

“It was great,” the 19-year-old from Puerto Rico said. “It was a great experience. I came out here with the big league guys. I learned a lot. It was something great for me, for my career.”

These decisions to send down the top prospects shouldn’t surprise anyone. In regards to Springer and Singleton, it doesn’t make sense for the Astros to start their service clock early. They likely will finish near the bottom of the standings again (even though they are looking to “shock” the world), and bringing them up early would cost the Astros a year of control down the line.

It’s likely you will see Springer, Singleton, and Foltynewicz at some point this season. DeShields and Appel could also see some time later on in the year, and it really wouldn’t surprise me to see Correa come join the team as a September call-up.

He’s legit.

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