Astros top Minor League prospects


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.

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  • Stroscrow

    I agree with numbers 1-3 on their list although I would also add that those 3 are probably interchangeable depending on what you value more. After that I would make changes to their list. I would swap Villar and Santana. I am high on both, but Villar has the tools and probably the most upside if everything clicks. I do like Deshields after Villar, but after that I would make a lot of changes. Folty would be on my list, and Davidson would be nowhere near my top 10. A 22 year old is supposed to perform well in rookie ball, and his strikeouts were ridiculous.

  • Stroscrow

    I would also add Brett Oberholtzer to my list. Not to many people are high on him, but at 22 in double AA he performed pretty well for himself, and he may have more upside than Paul Clemens, although right now Clemens looks to be the better prospect. Next year will be a big year for Oberholtzer.

  • Stroscrow

    I agree with numbers 1-3 on their list although I would also add that those 3 are probably interchangeable depending on what you value more. After that I would make changes to their list. I would swap Villar and Santana. I am high on both, but Villar has the tools and probably the most upside if everything clicks. I do like Deshields after Villar, but after that I would make a lot of changes. Folty would be on my list, and Davidson would be nowhere near my top 10. A 22 year old is supposed to perform well in rookie ball, and his strikeouts were ridiculous.

  • Stroscrow

    I would also add Brett Oberholtzer to my list. Not to many people are high on him, but at 22 in double AA he performed pretty well for himself, and he may have more upside than Paul Clemens, although right now Clemens looks to be the better prospect. Next year will be a big year for Oberholtzer.

  • astrosince1975

    Everyone has their own list. I try to post them all here for comparison reasons. I’m not nearly as familiar with the minor league guys as you are. I read about them a lot, but I only made it to one Hooks game last year. I can learn more by watching a guy play than by reading about him. That’s why I am so familiar with the big league club- I watch them play every day. When it comes to prospects, Brian is pretty well informed.

  • Stroscrow

    @astrosince1975

    Yeah, I love the farm teams. I subscribe to milb.tv, and watch as many games as I can. I usually have the Astros game going, and then minor league games going on my laptop and my cell phone. If only milb.tv would carry Lancaster games.

  • astrosince1975

    Everyone has their own list. I try to post them all here for comparison reasons. I’m not nearly as familiar with the minor league guys as you are. I read about them a lot, but I only made it to one Hooks game last year. I can learn more by watching a guy play than by reading about him. That’s why I am so familiar with the big league club- I watch them play every day. When it comes to prospects, Brian is pretty well informed.

    • Stroscrow

      @astrosince1975

      Yeah, I love the farm teams. I subscribe to milb.tv, and watch as many games as I can. I usually have the Astros game going, and then minor league games going on my laptop and my cell phone. If only milb.tv would carry Lancaster games.