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Singleton, Cosart, and Springer land on MLB’s Top 100 Prospects List


Yesterday, MLB.com released its annual list of top 100 prospects in baseball. The A’s and Padres led the way landing six prospects apiece on the list. Although three of the A’s six came over in the Gio Gonzalez trade, it still gives both teams quite a bit to look forward to. Meanwhile, the Astros were represented with three players in the top 100. They are Jonathan Singleton (44), Jarred Cosart (61), and George Springer (84). I think these are good and fair selections by MLB, as I can’t see any of our other prospects making this list right now. However, I do disagree with some of the placement.

Jonathan Singleton was the highest ranking Astro on the list, coming in at 44. He is the third ranked first baseman on the list behind Anthony Rizzo and Yonder Alonso. I put Singleton and Rizzo neck and neck but I really believe Singleton should have been ranked higher than Alonso. When I look at Singleton, I see the complete package for a first baseman. He hits for power, has great plate discipline which translates into hitting for average, and plays good defense. I’ve often compared him to a Carlos Delgado type and I still hold that to be true.  Alonso will be a very fine player, but in the grand scheme of things, Singleton should outplay him. Singleton is a player that I firmly believe ex-Astros G.M. Ed Wade should have held out for in the Roy Oswalt deal. Wade instead settled for Anthony Gose, and immediately shipped him to Toronto for Brett Wallace. I would expect to see Singleton start the year at AA Corpus Christi with a possible promotion to AAA Oklahoma City in the works if his strong play continues.

Jarred Cosart was the next Astro on the list, coming in at 61. I have no issues with his placement. He simply did not strike out enough batters last year, nor did he “wow” the scouts enough to move up in the list. After being riddled by injuries during the 2009 and 2010 seasons,  Cosart bounced back to have a solid year splitting time between High A Clearwater (in the Phillies system) and AA Corpus Christi. If Cosart ends up putting all of his stuff together and delivers, Astros fans could be in for a real treat as he has “frontline starter” written all over him. Scouts seem to be split on him as some say he will eventually be a solid #1 starter while others say he will be a dominant closer. I for one, am hoping for the former. He should begin the season back at AA Corpus Christi. A call up to Houston in September isn’t out of the question for Cosart if he can stay healthy and put up solid numbers.

Finally we have our last Astro on the list in George Springer coming in at 84. Springer, a CF from UConn, was the Astros first round draft selection, #11 overall, of this past year’s June Draft. He did not get to play very much as he didn’t sign with the Astros until 10 minutes before the deadline. Scouts rave over Springer as he is almost unanimously called a “five tool player.” Astros fans hope that is the case as the last five tool player we had also roamed center field for us during the second half of the 2004 season. Remember Carlos Beltran? I would expect Springer to make huge strides this year and I would be shocked if he didn’t end the year in AA Corpus Christi. I would expect him to be ranked in the top 20 next year.

Some Astros who didn’t make the list that I will be keeping a close eye on this year are Domingo Santana, Delino DeShields Jr. (who was ranked as the 6th best second base prospect) and Mike Foltynewicz. Santana came over in the Hunter Pence trade and immediately tore up High A. DeShields and Foltynewicz were first round picks by the Astros in 2010 but have yet to play up to that billing. Here’s hoping we have a great minor league year and see some new faces on this list next year!


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Tags: Anthony Rizzo Carlos Beltran Carlos Delgado George Springer Houston Astros Hunter Pence Jarred Cosart Jonathan Singleton Philadelphia Phillies Roy Oswalt Toronto Blue Jays Yonder Alonso

  • LEXthePEX

    I’ll be honest, I’m a big Alonso fan, dude’s swing reminds me of Berkman. That said, Singleton seems like the real deal. I think we might see him at first by 2013 but wouldn’t be surprised if in September he gets some run.

    Cosart could rise sky high with a good season or sink a bit with a poor one. All the scouts say he has electric stuff just needs to get his game together. Springer will be a top 20 prospect by next season, just has all the tools.

  • LEXthePEX

    I’ll be honest, I’m a big Alonso fan, dude’s swing reminds me of Berkman. That said, Singleton seems like the real deal. I think we might see him at first by 2013 but wouldn’t be surprised if in September he gets some run.

    Cosart could rise sky high with a good season or sink a bit with a poor one. All the scouts say he has electric stuff just needs to get his game together. Springer will be a top 20 prospect by next season, just has all the tools.

    • BHam2421

      @LEXthePEX I like Alonso as well but I’d take Singleton and Rizzo over him.

  • astrosince1975

    All three of these guys are still a long way away from the bigs. Cosart is the only one to reach AA and his history of injuries should be a major concern. I think Singleton & Springer will be as advertised. But I don’t expect to see either before 2014.

  • astrosince1975

    All three of these guys are still a long way away from the bigs. Cosart is the only one to reach AA and his history of injuries should be a major concern. I think Singleton & Springer will be as advertised. But I don’t expect to see either before 2014.

    • BHam2421

      @astrosince1975 I hope you are right and that we are patient with these guys. Wade and Co. seemed to rush their draft picks when they weren’t ready. Singleton and Cosart both need a full year in the minors. 2013 should be the earliest we see them. 2014 for Springer.

      • Stroscrow

        @BHam2421 @astrosince1975 I agree with Greg, and don’t expect to see either player anytime soon. Luhnow and the Cardinals had a history of challenging prospects as long as their performance dictated it so they could move quick, but the more likely scenario is that they spend more time in the minors. One of the added benefits of some good (not great) drafts coupled with all of the trades is that there is a fair amount of depth in the system.

        Schafer, Bourgeois, and Shuck (in that order IMO) provide the major league depth. AAA and AA are shy on centerfielders partly due to T.J. Steele and Jay Austin not living up to potential so far, but the latter is still young. Austin Wates is someone ahead of Springer in terms of MLB readiness, and could be a decent stopgap and allow Springer to develop at his own rate.

        The same goes for Singleton. At some point the Astros will have to find out what they have in Brett Wallace, or decide to part ways. With it looking like Carlos Lee will be in tow that year may or may not be this year. If so then you have Brett Wallace followed by Kody Hinze as placeholders for Singleton. Hinze strikeout rate at AA was concerning, and he will have to prove himself at higher levels first, but he is closer to ML ready than Singleton.

        Cosart is a tough one to dissect. The injury risk is really my only concern with him. The low strikeout rate doesn’t concern me as it was his first taste of AA and the tradeoff was an impressive groundball rate. If you take out his last start of the season he had a mid-2ish ERA. He needs to follow up a healthy last year with a healthy this year.

        Fangraphs did an article on DDJ (I’m on my cell or else I’d link it) that is a very detailed scouting report on him. The video is impressive, and DDJ looks like a beast. If he can sure up his mechanics he still has the potential to be special.

        Folty like you said also has high ceiling potential. His performance last season wasn’t horrible, but I think Lyles quick rise through the system set the bar to high. His stuff was still there as far as scouting reports goes, and he flashed moments of dominance which is what you would like to see with a young pitcher.

        In hindsight Anthony Gose would still be nice, but I liked the trade at the time. I think the rumor wasthat the Phillies thought that Singleton could hold down a corner spot in the outfield and his bat could join Howard’s, so he was deemed unavailable in the Oswalt trade. That experiment failed and he became expendable. He’s a prospect that his status mainly due to scouting reports as his power has not really shown up yet, but the potential is definitely there. I hope he discovers it, but I think we don’t see him in Houston until Sept callup 2013 at the earliest. But I would love for his performance to earn him the call sooner and prove me wrong, I just don’t see it happening.

        • BHam2421

          @Stroscrow@astrosince1975 I agree with you. All of our top prospects need plenty of seasoning in the minors. I don’t want to have them shuffling back and forth from the minors to the big league because they were rushed.

          As far as the Singleton being included in an Oswalt deal goes, my opinion is that Wade should have held out for Singleton or moved along to another team. Wade has a reputation of being solely focused on one team when he starts trading (as was evident in the Bourn deal with Atlanta). It seems like he was hell bent on only trading Oswalt to the Phillies. I get that Philly wanted Singleton to be a LF and thus didn’t want to trade him, but from our view, we were trading off the best pitcher in franchise history who is still relatively young and could still deal with the best. I didn’t think we should have settled for an offer. I felt like we should have been the aggressor in deals. Oh well though, life goes on, lol.

        • Stroscrow

          @BHam2421 @astrosince1975 Good points.

  • BHam2421

    @astrosince1975 I hope you are right and that we are patient with these guys. Wade and Co. seemed to rush their draft picks when they weren’t ready. Singleton and Cosart both need a full year in the minors. 2013 should be the earliest we see them. 2014 for Springer.

  • BHam2421

    @LEXthePEX I like Alonso as well but I’d take Singleton and Rizzo over him.

  • Stroscrow

    @BHam2421 @astrosince1975 I agree with Greg, and don’t expect to see either player anytime soon. Luhnow and the Cardinals had a history of challenging prospects as long as their performance dictated it so they could move quick, but the more likely scenario is that they spend more time in the minors. One of the added benefits of some good (not great) drafts coupled with all of the trades is that there is a fair amount of depth in the system.

    Schafer, Bourgeois, and Shuck (in that order IMO) provide the major league depth. AAA and AA are shy on centerfielders partly due to T.J. Steele and Jay Austin not living up to potential so far, but the latter is still young. Austin Wates is someone ahead of Springer in terms of MLB readiness, and could be a decent stopgap and allow Springer to develop at his own rate.

    The same goes for Singleton. At some point the Astros will have to find out what they have in Brett Wallace, or decide to part ways. With it looking like Carlos Lee will be in tow that year may or may not be this year. If so then you have Brett Wallace followed by Kody Hinze as placeholders for Singleton. Hinze strikeout rate at AA was concerning, and he will have to prove himself at higher levels first, but he is closer to ML ready than Singleton.

    Cosart is a tough one to dissect. The injury risk is really my only concern with him. The low strikeout rate doesn’t concern me as it was his first taste of AA and the tradeoff was an impressive groundball rate. If you take out his last start of the season he had a mid-2ish ERA. He needs to follow up a healthy last year with a healthy this year.

    Fangraphs did an article on DDJ (I’m on my cell or else I’d link it) that is a very detailed scouting report on him. The video is impressive, and DDJ looks like a beast. If he can sure up his mechanics he still has the potential to be special.

    Folty like you said also has high ceiling potential. His performance last season wasn’t horrible, but I think Lyles quick rise through the system set the bar to high. His stuff was still there as far as scouting reports goes, and he flashed moments of dominance which is what you would like to see with a young pitcher.

    In hindsight Anthony Gose would still be nice, but I liked the trade at the time. I think the rumor wasthat the Phillies thought that Singleton could hold down a corner spot in the outfield and his bat could join Howard’s, so he was deemed unavailable in the Oswalt trade. That experiment failed and he became expendable. He’s a prospect that his status mainly due to scouting reports as his power has not really shown up yet, but the potential is definitely there. I hope he discovers it, but I think we don’t see him in Houston until Sept callup 2013 at the earliest. But I would love for his performance to earn him the call sooner and prove me wrong, I just don’t see it happening.

  • BHam2421

    @Stroscrow@astrosince1975 I agree with you. All of our top prospects need plenty of seasoning in the minors. I don’t want to have them shuffling back and forth from the minors to the big league because they were rushed.

    As far as the Singleton being included in an Oswalt deal goes, my opinion is that Wade should have held out for Singleton or moved along to another team. Wade has a reputation of being solely focused on one team when he starts trading (as was evident in the Bourn deal with Atlanta). It seems like he was hell bent on only trading Oswalt to the Phillies. I get that Philly wanted Singleton to be a LF and thus didn’t want to trade him, but from our view, we were trading off the best pitcher in franchise history who is still relatively young and could still deal with the best. I didn’t think we should have settled for an offer. I felt like we should have been the aggressor in deals. Oh well though, life goes on, lol.

  • Stroscrow

    @BHam2421 @astrosince1975 Good points.