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Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects for 2014

Written By on 6th December, 2013


Drafting early and often… sending every spare part elsewhere for potentially useful players… the Astros have quickly rebuilt what was one of baseball’s weakest farms. The farms system still perhaps lacks strength at the top to match its depth, but they have the 1st overall pick again in June and a whole lot of prospects poised for potential breakout years. -AS

Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects for 2014

1Carlos CorreaSSOvershadowed by Byron Buxton's explosive season, Carlos Correa has the hitting ability and power to be a star at short stop. His physical size may force a move to third base eventually, but the offensive ability makes that of little concern. -JR VIDEO
2George SpringerOFSpringer didn't really temper his approach but his natural talent still shone through as he emerged as one of the best power/speed prospect in the game. - AS VIDEO
3Mark AppelRHPJune's 1st overall pick has flashed all the qualities you'd want in a front line starter. Could move fast. - AS VIDEO VIDEO
4Jonathan Singleton1B2013 was a wasted year for Jonathan Singleton, never getting on track at AAA after the 50 game suspension. Still the offensive upside is immense with the raw power to be a fearsome major league hitter. Don't lose faith just yet. -JR
5Mike FoltynewiczRHPOne of the more intriguing prep arms in the 2010 Draft, Foltynewicz is finally emerging as the arm Houston thought he would be. - AS
6Lance McCullersRHPArmed with a lethal fastball/curveball combination, McCullers is banking on the development of a change up to determine his future MLB role, either in the middle of a big league rotation or in the back end of a big league bullpen. -CB VIDEO
7Delino DeShields2B/OFHis short and stocky build belie his athletic ability and speed... but he doesn't always show it. There's some thought he can take another step forward fully healthy and in the outfield in 2014. - AS VIDEO
8Vincent VelasquezRHPVelasquez is a somewhat under the radar guy who is starting to get more notice. He has a quality fastball that sits in the mid 90's that he spots well, a good change up, and a promising breaking ball. I like his delivery, and I may be a bit aggressive here, but I can see a #2 ceiling on him. - JV
9Domingo SantanaOFSantana is a big guy with big time power. This kind of power is rare these days, but swing and miss issues may derail him. - AS VIDEO
10Teoscar HernandezOFHernandez continued to translate his considerable tools into baseball skills in 2013. Bet on him to improve even more next summer. - AS

Other Stros Prospects of Note

Rio Ruiz3BRuiz is a prototypical prep third baseman with a high ceiling bat. - AS VIDEO
Danry VasquezOF I've watched Vasquez plenty and he has a good amount of power projection because of his rather skinny frame. He handles all types of pitches and should hit for average. He isn't the best athlete, but I do think he gets a bit underrated in that aspect. Defensively he is a work in progress on the corners, but does have a pretty strong arm. - JV
Nick TropeanoRHPMore pitchability than stuff, but an useful major league arm that could help solidify the Stros rotation on their way back to respectability. - AS VIDEO
Max StassiCStassi netted 1st rd money as a 4th rder in '09 when he was seen as a top prep talent. Injuries had him in limbo for awhile, but he's emerging as a quality catching prospect. - AS VIDEO
Michael FelizRHPLarge framed Dominican power arm showed really well in the NYPL. Bullpen looks like the best fit. - AS VIDEO
Andrew ThurmanRHPThurman built on a solid 2012 Cape League season with a strong Spring. The stuff isn't electric, but he's a strikethrower who uses what he has well. - AS VIDEO

Houston Astros Notable 2013 Draft Picks

12Mark AppelRHPStanford
240Andrew ThurmanRHPUC Irvine
374Kent EmanuelLHPNorth Carolina
4107Conrad Gregor1BVanderbilt
5137Tony Kemp2B/OFVanderbilt
6167Jacob NottinghamCRedlands HS (CA)
7197James RamsayOFSouth Florida
8227Jason MartinOFOrange Lutheran HS (CA)
9257Brian HolbertonCNorth Carolina
10287Austin NicelyLHPSpotswood HS (VA)
11317Devonte GermanRHPBishop Manogue HS (NV)
12347Chase McDonald1BEast Carolina
13377Kyle WestwoodRHPNorth Florida
18527Adam Nelubowich3BWashington State
19557Jake RodriguezCOregon State
20587Daniel PineroSSHumberside Collegiate Institute (Canada)
29857Randall FantLHPArkansas

Draft Recap:┬áThe Astros added a premium arm in Appel and then added a number of college players us at BB were fans of. Appel might be the only above average regular they get out of this draft, but they likely get a few useful pieces here… and that’s what the system needed. It’s starting to come together. – AS

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2 Comments on "Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects for 2014"

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    John Verburg December 8, 2013 at 4:34 am -

    This system is pretty sexy.