Astros Top Two Prospects
Jun 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Houston Astros shortstopCarlos Correa
leaves the dugout before the game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Second Best Astros Prospect is Alex Bregman
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The Astros surprised some people by taking Alex Bregman with the second overall pick, because the Astros thought they could save a little money signing him over Brendan Rodgers.
Why did the Astros take Alex Bregman when you already have Carlos Correa in the fold? Because besides Correa, there are not too many options for a shortstop in the system. The Astros have felt the lack of depth this year having to rely on Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Villar, with the injury to Jed Lowrie. Bregman was a junior shortstop out of LSU, who later in the week I will do an Alex Bregman Q/A session later this week.
What does Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com think of Alex Bregman?
"“Because of his size, tools and aggressive nature at the plate, he regularly gets compared to Dustin Pedroia. Like Pedroia, he appeared to be a college shortstop headed for second base in pro ball, but Bregman has looked better defensively this spring and may be able to stick at short. His arm and instincts allow him to make plays there, and he shows range to both sides.”"
He hit .312/ 9hrs/ 49 RBI/ 37 sb in 2015 with LSU. Stats can be found here.
ETA: In Astros yesterday’s pregame interview, Luhnow confirmed that Bregman will stick at SS throughout the minors at least, and will figure out where to put him when the time comes.
The Best Astros Prospect is Carlos Correa
There is not much more to say about Correa that Astros don’t know. He has been referred to as a once in a lifetime player, who is always the best player on the field. Maybe at this point in their respective careers, Jose Altuve is better. Correa is now with the Astros, and we will continue to marvel at his great plays on the field. He is expected to hit for power, average, and above average speed.
For more about Carlos Correa, check out this interview I did earlier in the season below.
This list could change as more players are added in today’s day 2 of the MLB draft. There are still some intriguing arms out there. Just because a player is not drafted in the top two rounds, doesn’t mean they won’t be a star. Thomas Eshelman didn’t get into the Astros top eight prospects list, even though he got picked in the second round. Today will be interesting, but nothing can top the success the Astros appear to have in the first two rounds.
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