Houston Astros Top Three Left Field Prospects (2016)
The next position in our series of top prospects is left field. The outfield in general is a very important position due to Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez both becoming free agents at the end of 2016. The Astros would still have Preston Tucker and Jake Marisnick for 2017 but having minor league depth is key. The Astros definitely boast some high upside talent at the outfield positions.
Lets get to the list!
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Houston Astros Top 3 Shortstop Prospects
1. Derek Fisher
Fisher was drafted by the Astros with the 37th pick in the 2014 draft. Even after missing some time due to injury, Fisher came out of college with about as much upside as one could have. Fisher is a left handed hitter who throws right handed. He has played all outfield positions but the majority came in LF this past season. Fisher has a good mix of power and speed showing that off with 22 HR and 31 SB in 2015. Unfortunately he has a bit of swing and miss with 132 strikeouts in 123 games. Fisher will be 22 years old this season and most likely starting in AA. Another good year and he could move himself into top 100 conversation.
2015 Stats: 123 G, .275 BA/.364 OBP/.483 SLG, 21 2B, 8 3B, 22 HR, 87 RBI, 31 SB, 66 BB/132 SO
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2. Jason Martin
Martin was drafted by the Astros in the 8th round out of high school. Another good find for the Astros scouting department. Martin, drafted at only 17 years old, played in rookie ball for two year before joining full season Quad Cities in 2015. Martin is on the smaller side at 5’10” but has good speed and some pop for his size. He has played both CF and LF but in 2015 played primarily in 2015. As a 19 year old in full season ball he posted a 116 wRC+ to go along with a 10.2 BB% and 16.1 SO%.
2015 Stats: 105 G, .270 BA/.346 OBP/.396 SLG, 12 2B, 7 3B, 8 HR, 57 RBI, 14 SB, 47 BB/74 SO
Vasquez was acquired by the Astros in the deal that sent Jose Veras to Detroit. At the time the Astros were getting a young, projectable outfielder in A ball. Vasquez is still that young outfielder with upside but has been a bit disappointing. He has a nice left-handed swing but has yet to tap into much power (0 HR in 296 PAs in AA). He will only be 22 next season and should repeat AA. There is still hope for him and hopefully this is the year he gets it going.
2015 Stats: .272 BA/.321 OBP/.364 SLG, 26 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 40 RBI, 29 BB/66 SO
Drew Ferguson – Ferguson was drafted by the Astros in the 19th round of the 2015 draft. He had a nice debut hitting .287 with 10 2B, 1 HR, 21 RBI in 44 games for Quad Cities. He is a bit older and will be 23 next season but already has full season ball experience.
Aaron Mizell – Another recent draftee, albeit the 32nd round of 2015. Mizell is a lanky outfielder/second baseman who showed some pop in his limited time. He only hit .238 but had 9 2B, 7 3B, 4 HR for Tri-City. The good news is his walk and strikeout rates were very good and he his BABIP was .265.
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