Today Baseball Instinct released their list of the Astros top prospects. The article is very nicely done and quite informative. There are a few names on the list that haven’t appeared on recent lists published at other outlets. Click on the page below and take a look into the future of the franchise.
No surprise at number one, Jonathan Singleton is at the top of pretty much everyone’s list of Astros prospects. But what I find interesting is the number of young first-base prospects that are now in the system. Kody Hinze didn’t make this list but has appeared on some others. I would have to categorize Telvin Nash as a 1B. He may be the best power prospect in the system. Nash has a body type that suggests 1B or maybe even DH. Singleton is more athletic and better suited for the OF than Nash, in my opinion.
After 2011 first round pick George Springer at number two, we quickly see a couple of former Phillies that came over with Singleton in the Hunter Pence trade. If Cosart can get his pitching mechanics in order this could turn out to be a steal of a deal. Ariel Ovando is an intriguing player. Keep an eye on him this summer. I like Paul Clemens a lot. It looks like he could be a middle of the rotation guy in a couple of years. The jury is still out on Jonathan Villar. Perhaps the Astros will sign a low cost Free Agent SS this winter that can allow Villar enough time to develop. There’s really no need to rush any of these guys.
Houston Astros 2015 American League West Champions. I like the sound of that.