Astros Draft 2018: A look at the needs of the farm system
A brief look at the Astros farm system before the 2018 draft that begins Monday.
Unlike other sports, MLB teams typically go with the best available players and find a fit later. The Astros have been a prime example of this after drafting shortstop Alex Bregman in the 2015 draft. They had Carlos Correa already entrenched at shortstop, and on the night of the draft, George Springer told him that they drafted his replacement. Little did he know that Bregman would make his debut the next year as a third baseman.
After drafting Bregman, they drafted Kyle Tucker with the fifth overall pick of the draft. Astros fans are awaiting his debut, but that won’t happen until there is a need for it. The Super Two deadline is coming and going soon; it’s just a matter of time before he gets the call. In the 2016 draft, they drafted Forrest Whitley followed by J.B. Buskaukas in 2017. Who will be next?
When you are looking at the organizational depth at each position, you can get a feel for what is needed. While there are more than just the Top-30 prospects, these are the players we will focus on for this post. I will throw in a few lesser know prospects as well.