The first sort of top prospects list has come out and it’s John Sickels of Minor League Ball (@MinorLeagueBall) who came out with the first list. Sickels is well-known though he sometimes has unusual rankings for some prospects. There are times you may see other prospects lists with a player in the 80’s but Sickels is a lot higher on him and puts him in the 40’s. I happen to be a fan of Sickel’s works and I think he does a good job with his rankings. He are the Astros prospects on his top 75 list with his notes italicized. (Note: Jarred Cosart was 36th on midseason list. He has graduated off the list.)
9) George Springer, OF, Houston Astros. Pre-season 72, July 15. Outstanding power/speed combo. Like Baez, the strikeouts are a problem, but he draws walks too. Baez is ahead a bit due to age.
20) Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros: 2013 first-round pick. Slotting new draftees can be problematic, but I think Appel has more dominance potential than he showed in his first look against pro hitters. This ranking could slip a little once I do full analysis.
37) Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Houston Astros. Pre-season unranked, July 34. Still has some command issues but has improved, stuff is unquestioned.
43) Lance McCullers, RHP, Houston Astros. Pre-season 66, July 43. Has some command issues but stuff is first-class, reports from Midwest League observers very positive.
73) Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros. Pre-season 57, July 60. Scouts continue to rave about his ability but he underperforms expectations. That needs to change.
Honorable Mention: Delino DeShields Jr. and Rio Ruiz
I am a bit surprised with two of his rankings. Most prospects lists have George Springer in the late teens or twenties. This is the first time I have seen Springer in the top-10. It’s nice to see though I’d like to see if other prospect experts follow Sickels here. Though Singleton had a rough season, other prospects lists are likely to have Singleton higher. Most had Singleton as a top 30 prospect entreating the season and you see Sickels had him at 57. Not to say that Sickels is wrong, but I do expect Singleton to still be in the top-50 on the other prospect lists.
What do you think Astros fans? Happy with the list? Should other prospects be on or off the list? Sound off in the comments below!