Houston Astros Top Three Second Base Prospects (2016)
Second base is our next focus as we move along in our series of Houston Astros top prospects at each position. As we all know, second base is locked up at the major league level by three-time All-Star, Jose Altuve. With that said, anything can happen and the Astros have to be ready. While this position isn’t the deepest, it is lead by a guy who is ready to contribute at the major league level. Let’s get to the list!
Previous top three prospect lists:
1. Tony Kemp (AAA)
Kemp was drafted by the Astros in 2013 and has moved quickly through the system. This season he started out in Corpus and lit the Texas League on fire, hitting .358 in 50 games. His play earned him a promotion to AAA Fresno. With Fresno, Kemp hit .273 while getting a bunch of time in the outfield. In 2014, Kemp won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for second base in the minors. He played some outfield and made some highlight reel catche,s but it is still unknown at this time what his future role will be.
2015 Stats: 121 G, .308 BA/.388 OBP/.386 SLG, 19 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 48 RBI, 35 SB, 56 BB/65 SO
2. Mott Hyde (A+)
Hyde was a bit of an unknown asset coming out of college, drafted by the Astros in the 26th round. He had a solid showing in rookie ball, hitting .254 but with 18 2B, 3 HR, 31 RBI. In 2015, Hyde put together a great season across two levels (A, A+), hitting .304 with 40 2B in only 124 games. Hyde posted wRC+ of 135 and 127 respectively at each level. While a bit older, another solid season and he could really improve his stock.
2015 Stats: 124 G, .304 BA/.384 OBP/.433 SLG, 40 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 67 RBI, 59 BB/111 SO
3. Jack Mayfield (AA)
After a solid 2014 campaign where he hit .282 with 9 HR, Mayfield followed it up with another good season in 2015. Splitting time between Lancaster and Corpus, Mayfield hit .286 with 14 HR. Mayfield does a lot of things well like hitting for a decent average, keeping the strikeouts down and playing solid defense.
2015 Stats: 114 G, .286 BA/.354 OBP/.441 SLG, 19 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 65 RBI, 44 BB/82 SO
Next up in the series will be the third base position, highlighted by the #6 overall selection in 2013!