Astros Land Six Prospects On A Top 75 Prospects List

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.)


6) Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros. Pre-season ranking 24, July rank 7. I expect a power surge next year.

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!

Mike Foltynewicz (photo by Tammy Tucker)


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  • † ⚾ Mundo ⚾ †

    Looks pretty fair. I think after the season Springer had he most certainly deserves to be at 8, if not higher. I am still not sold on Singleton. His poor physique and questionable makeup just highlights the fact he has had an unimpressive minor league career so far unless you asterisk it with the fact he is still only 21. That’s the good news – he could certainly still improve. I’m not saying I’m giving up on him yet but I would like to see him put in a full quality year at AAA with more power and less strikeouts.

    • Yoni Pollak

      Wouldn’t be surprised if Singleton is still in Triple-A on opening day next season. He struggled this year at OKC and I’m sure they want to see an uptick in his numbers next season. He may start at OKC and be up in Houston sometime in June (arbitration clock) if he produces well.

      • † ⚾ Mundo ⚾ †

        Not only does he not seem ready he is currently blocked by Carter and Wallace and it doesn’t sound like they are going to clear that situation up anytime soon.

        • Yoni Pollak

          Yea, with Wallace I think they give him one final shot at the 1b gig with Spring Training. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they trade for/sign another 1b bat as competition with both Wallace and Singleton. Carter is also there but mostly DH I’d think, though he plays a solid 1b.

  • 1oldpro

    Well, Singleton and Deshields both took a step back in what they do best from 2012, so dropping them down seems appropriate. I’ve said all along that Folty has been underappreciated, but Sickels was paying attention to what Texas League coaches said about him.
    Six players in the top 75 with DDJ an honorable mention. Wow! This time next year they will have six again, even if Springer and Folty aren’t eligible.

    • Yoni Pollak

      Yea I hear that, though in regards to Singleton it seems like most agree the potential is still there.

      6 at this time next year? Likely again!

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