Astros Prospects: MLB Pipeline releases the new Top-30 list.

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Nov 5, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; West pitcher David Paulino of the Houston Astros during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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The prospects who moved down.

Feb 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros third baseman J.D. Davis (73) poses during spring training media day at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros third baseman J.D. Davis (73) poses during spring training media day at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Rankings from MLB Pipeline.

#5 Forrest Whitley

#9 Daz Cameron

#13 J.D. Davis

#16 Cionel Perez

#18 Jonathan Arauz

#19 Ronnie Dawson

#23 James Hoyt

#24 Riley Ferrell

#25 Colin Moran

#26 Brendan McCurry

#28 Stephen Wrenn

They are still on the list.

These prospects are moving on down. While some of these are because other prospects shot up the rankings, some of them struggled in 2016. These guys will look to do what Teoscar Hernandez did last year, bounce back from a rough season the year before. While Guduan and Chavez moved off the list, these guys remained.

It is no surprise that Moran moved down, he didn’t experience much success in 2016. He dropped from 7 to 25 on this list. Moran didn’t show the same potential last season at Triple-A or with the Stros. He had a .697 OPS in Fresno last year with 29 extra base hits. In 23 at-bats, he only had one extra-base hit, a double.

Like father like son?

Cameron, son of former MLB player Mike Cameron, had fallen upon some rough times last year. He was drafted 37th overall in the 2015 draft, behind Bregman and Tucker. Cameron batted .212 with two homers and 12 stolen bases in only 156 at-bats in 2016. He has the makeup to bounce back, but it could be a few years before he reaches Houston.

The 2016 first round pick dropped a little, 3 to 5, but he didn’t have the best debut. However, he did strike out 26 hitters in 18 2/3 inning between two levels of rookie ball. Ferrell was projected by many as a fast-tracked player for the Astros. In his first full season, he had an injury in his throwing shoulder that shut him down after only ten innings pitched. He still profiles as a closer but dropped from 16 to 24 on MLB Pipeline‘s list.

Other notable names dropping were Arauz (12 to 18), Hoyt (14 to 23), and McCurry (20 to 26).

The rankings are from MLB Pipeline.

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