There has been so much focus on the Astros’ rise from the depths of despair and the total makeover of the major league roster over the last few years that it has over-shadowed a rather remarkable makeover at the minor league level for the franchise. The change in the Top 10 prospects lists since the team entered last year’s off-season has been extremely dynamic and a bit anxiety-raising for true fans of the team.
Here is the Astros Baseball America Top 10 published in November of 2014:
- Carlos Correa – Promoted to majors – never to return
- Mark Appel – Traded to the Phillies for Ken Giles
- Mike Foltyniewicz – Traded to the Braves for Evan Gattis
- Vincent Velasquez – Traded to the Phillies for Ken Giles
- Michael Feliz – Had a very impressive year in AA punctuated by a cup of coffee at the major league level
- Brett Phillips – Traded to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez
- Colin Moran – Started off slowly and was injured, but ended up with a very good year in AA.
- Rio Ruiz – Traded to the Braves for Evan Gattis
- Teoscar Hernandez – Good power (17 HR) and speed stats (33 SB) in AA with high K’s (126) and low BA (.219).
- Josh Hader – Traded to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez
So, based on this list, the Astros top 10 list promoted one up to the majors and traded six away. And that does not include other top 20 prospects promoted to the majors (Lance McCullers, Preston Tucker) and traded away (Domingo Santana).
What does the current top 10 list look like? Since Baseball America has not issued a list, this list is taken from mlb.com.
- Alex Bregman
- Daz Cameron
- Kyle Tucker
- A.J. Reed
- Michael Felix
- Francis Martes
- Derek Fisher
- Joseph Musgrove
- Colin Moran
- Tony Kemp
Last season’s list had five pitchers, this one after a series of trades has only three. It is topped by three players from the 2015 draft (Bregman, Cameron and Tucker) who have barely gotten their feet wet in pro ball, including two teenagers and two from the 2014 draft (Reed and Fisher),who are just barely more experienced.
Looking at the two lists:
- Do you think there has been a significant down shift in prospect quality from 2014 to 2015?
- Is there anyone from the list of those traded that most concerns you?
- Are you concerned that there are less pitchers on this top prospects list than before?
- Are you concerned that so few players on this list are within sight of the majors?
- Does a top 10 list mean anything anyways with players like Tyler White, Matt Duffy, Jandel Gustave, Chris Devenski, Akeem Bostick, J.D. Davis, Reymin Guduan, David Paulino and Teoscar Hernandez waiting in the wings (on the list of prospects 11 through 30)?