House Of Houston Houston Astros Top 15 Prospects
With the All-Star break passing we at House Of Houston decided it would be a good time to update our Houston Astros prospect. Some players have seen their stock rise, some lower while others like Springer and Singleton graduated. Here is our consensus top 15 Houston Astros prospects.
1. Carlos Correa, SS
Despite is season ending injury last month, Correa is still the top prospect in the system. He is only 19 years old but was putting up a great line in a league where the average age is 3.7 years older than he is. There were some concerns about his ability to stay at shortstop but all the reports on his defense have been great.
Stats: 62 G, .325 BA/.416 OBP/.510 SLG, 16 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 57 RBI, 20 SB, 36 BB/45 SO
2. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
Coming into the season Folty, and his 100 MPH fastball, was a top 100 prospect. He has put together a pretty good season while lowering his walks compared to last season. He has had some dominant starts (7.2 IP, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K) but some rough ones too (3.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 BB, 2 K). Overall Folty has made a push for a promotion to the MLB in the future. EDIT: Folty has since been called up but still has his prospect status for now.
Stats: 7-6, 4.56 ERA, 92.2 IP, 86 H, 44 BB, 89 K, 4.3 BB/9, 8.6 SO/9
3. Domingo Santana, OF
Santana has definitely met expectations this season playing in AAA as a 21 year old. He did well enough to get a call up to the Astros, though he struggled in a small sample size. Santana strikes out a lot but he has tremendous power and can hit the ball to all fields. Also just to point out, Santana is 5.7 years younger than the average player in his league.
Stats: 104 G, .292 BA/.375 OBP/.469 SLG, 25 2B, 14 HR, 63 RBI, 6 SB, 51 BB/127 SO
4. Mark Appel, RHP
The #1 draft pick in the 2013 draft has really had a season to forget. While this season hasn’t gone as planned Appel still has plenty of potential and room to grow. He has been too hittable this season but from some reports his stuff is still there. While he has been hit a lot he has been able to limit the walks this season while maintaining a good strikeout rate.
Stats: 1-5, 9.74 ERA, 44.1 IP, 74 H, 11 BB, 40 SO, 2.2 BB/9, 8.1 SO/9 (A+); 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K (AA)
5. Colin Moran, 3B
Moran was brought over in the Cosart trade on July 31st. He was the 6th overall pick in the 2013 draft out of UNC. Moran is known as a pure hitter with good gap power. He only has 5 HRs this season but most think the power will come eventually. In his minor league career he is hitting .295.
Stats: 92 G, .293 BA/.343 OBP/.392 SLG, 22 2B, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 30 BB/55 SO
6. Lance McCullers, RHP
McCullers is a high upside pitcher with a legitimate fastball in his arsenal. After a good showing in Quad Cities last season he has pitched in the California League for Lancaster this season. His ERA is a little high but it striking out guys at a very high rate. He still has a ways to go but only 20 years old with plenty of upside.
Stats: 3-4, 5.47 ERA, 75.2 IP, 77 H, 44 BB, 92 SO, 5.2 BB/9, 10.9 SO/9
7. Josh Hader, LHP
Hader was brought over to the Astros system in the Bud Norris trade. This season Hader has been flat out dominant in a league where he is 3.2 years younger than the average player. Concerns going into the season were his high walk rate but he has been able to limit the walks while increasing the strikeouts. Hader has since been promoted to AA but has not made his debut yet.
Stats: 9-2, 2.70 ERA, 103.1 IP, 76 H, 38 BB, 112 SO, 3.3 BB/9, 9.8 SO/9, 2.95 BB/SO
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
Another high upside pick, Ruiz was drafted for his hitting abilities at the hot corner. After having a pretty good season last year he has really built on it this season. Ruiz is a left handed hitter with a good feel for the strike zone. He is hitting for a higher average, on base percentage and slugging percentage. In my opinion, he is underrated in our system.
Stats: 107 G, .303 BA/.393 OBP/.460 SLG, 30 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 71 RBI, 66 BB/76 SO
9. Preston Tucker, LF
Tucker has really shot up prospect rankings with his showing of power at the higher levels. People knock him for a bad baseball body but all he does is hit. I can definitely see him contributing to the Astros in the near future.
Stats: 113 G, .276 BA/.345 OBP/.488 SLG, 28 2B, 22 HR, 72 RBI, 44 BB/93 SO
10. Tony Kemp, 2B
Kemp might be the biggest riser of all prospects in the Astros system. Coming into the season we knew he could draw walks and steal some bases but his hit tool was questionable. He silenced all the critics so far with a great showing in Lancaster and he has continued to hit well in Corpus too.
Stats: 109 G, .319 BA/.414 OBP/.465 SLG, 106 R, 25 2B, 8 3B, 8 HR, 51 RBI, 36 SB, 62 BB/56 SO
11. Delino DeShields, CF
This season Delino made the switch from 2B to CF. While the season hasn’t gone as planned, DeShields still has plenty of potential including elite speed. He hasn’t gotten on base as much this year as some would like but he is still stealing a lot of bases.
Stats: 89 G, .235 BA/.343 OBP/.337 SLG, 55 R, 10 2B, 7 HR, 41 RBI, 44 SB, 45 BB/83 SO
12. Vincent Velasquez, RHP
After putting together a nice season last year, Velasquez got off to a good start this before before the injury bug got him. He missed quite a bit of time but has pitched in a few rehab starts recently. He has plenty of potential to be a to starter.
Stats: 5-1, 2.95 ERA, 36.2 IP, 23 H, 13 BB, 39 SO, 3.2 BB/9, 9.6 SO/9
13. Nick Tropeano, RHP
Astros fans really started to talk about Nitro after a great 2012. Last season in AA however, his season was solid but I think people expected a little more. Well Nitro sure has met those expectations this season in AAA. Its only a matter of time before is in Houston pitching for the Astros.
Stats: 7-4, 2.97 ERA, 97.0 IP, 69 H, 27 BB, 93 SO, 6.4 H/9, 2.5 BB/9, 8.6 SO/9
14. Teoscar Hernandez, CF
Everyone knows that Teoscar had a bunch of tools, well this season he has put them together in Lancaster. He has improved in nearly every category. Some people have compared to his to George Springer for his power, speed and defensive ability in center field. Teoscar has been promoted to AA and will make his debut soon.
Stats: 96 G, .294 BA/.376 OBP/.550 SLG, 72 R, 33 2B, 8 3B, 17 HR, 75 RBI, 31 SB, 49 BB/117 SO
15. Michael Feliz, RHP
Feliz is another young, high potential pitcher for the Astros. He started off strong before getting injured but has since came back. He is still only 21 years old and was an Astros All-Star Futures Game representative.
Stats: 6-4, 4.26 ERA, 69.2 IP, 65 H, 31 BB, 80 SO, 4.0 BB/9, 10.3 SO/9
On this list the 2014 draft picks are not included. The Houston Astros system is still stacked even after losing some top prospects to the major leagues. The big league team is starting to play a little better but help is on the way. As always go Astros!
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