Summary of Part II of the Astros top prospects
Jun 24, 2014; Omaha, NE, USA; Virginia Cavaliers outfielder Derek fisher (23) drives in the tying run in the top of the sixth inning against the Vanderbilt Commodores during game two of the College World Series Finals at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Virginia defeated Vanderbilt 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
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Looking at the next tier of Astros prospects, you start seeing more of the potential contributors for the future success of the team. This group only had two pitchers out of the ten prospects. In this tier, you also saw some on the future infielders with Reed, Davis, and Kemp. Some of these prospects could also go the Jason Lane route if their hitting careers aren’t successful.
The outfielders in this group also have to outperform their fellow prospects for playing time in the future. Preston Tucker is the closest in this group to be major league ready, while the others are still two or more years away. I have always had an interest in Joe Musgrove, because of the fact that when the trade was made, he was the highest ranked prospect at the time of the trade, I think. The tall pitchers always have the extra advantage with their height, if they can learn how to pitch.
Are prospects a sure thing? No, that’s why you do like the Astros are doing and stockpile the prospects to increase the chance for more of them making it to the show. There have been too many Brett Wallace’s and Alex Presley‘s, who have not lived up to their ability in the majors.
Do prospects care about list like this? No, they enjoy playing ball. Would they like to eventually make it into the majors? Yes, but as Brett Phillips told me in an interview; “I’m getting paid to play the game I love, everything else will work itself out.”
Good luck to everyone on this list in 2015 and beyond, and keep a look out for Part 3 of the Astros top prospects sometime soon. This will be the best of the best, including a pair of number one picks.
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