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Houston Astros: 2016 ZiPS Projections

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Oct 6, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; The Houston Astros celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Houston won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 6, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; The Houston Astros celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Houston won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports /
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How Bright is the Astros Future According to ZiPS?

Oct. 9, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Houston Astros catcher Tyler Heineman plays for the Salt River Rafters against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 9, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Houston Astros catcher Tyler Heineman plays for the Salt River Rafters against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The future is bright for this Astros farm system. This is especially shown in the projections for first baseman and the fourth best prospect in the Astros system according to MLB.com, A.J. Reed.

Projected to be the fifth best hitter in the Astros hitter in 2016, Reed has a zWAR of 2.6 and is projected to hit 26 home runs and drive in 86 RBIs. Remember, these stats are projected at the major league level. If Reed performs at this level or at a higher level in the minors, he should take the first base job from Singleton in no time.

As for the other prospects, catcher Tyler Heineman is projected to have the second highest defensive rating in these projections to Carlos Gomez and the number one prospect in the Astros system Alex Bregman is second on the list of prospects with a zWAR of 1.3. As for pitching, potential bullpen piece James Hoyt takes that top spot with a zWAR of 0.4 and ERA of 3.58.

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These players are on the verge of helping the Astros out at the Major League level and these projections show that.

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