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BP Top Prospects: Houston Astros

Minors : : General
Jason Parks        
Published: Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Listed below are the top 5 prospects in the Houston Astros organization as ranked by Jason Parks and Baseball Prospectus. To view the full feature, please visit this link.

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The Top Ten

  1. SS Carlos Correa
  2. CF George Springer
  3. RHP Mark Appel
  4. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
  5. 1B Jonathan Singleton
  6. RHP Vincent Velasquez
  7. RHP Lance McCullers
  8. RF Domingo Santana
  9. 3B Rio Ruiz
  10. RHP Michael Feliz


1. Carlos Correa

Position: SS
DOB: 09/22/1994
Height/Weight: 6’4’’ 205 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: 1st round, 2012 draft, Puerto Rican Baseball Academy (Gurabo, PR)
Previous Ranking: #2 (Org), #26 (Top 101)
2013 Stats: .320/.405/.467 at Low-A Quad Cities (117 games)
The Tools: 7 arm; 6+ raw; 6 glove; 6 potential hit

What Happened in 2013: Correa emerged as a potential superstar, showing four tools with impact potential, all from a premium position on the diamond.

Strengths: 80-grade makeup; high-end tool projections with present skills; advanced approach to the game; can make quick adjustments; plus potential hit; power could be bigger than projected; above-average glove; well-above-average arm; actions and instincts can keep him at shortstop.

Weaknesses: Body could outgrow shortstop; run is average at best; range at shortstop dependent on instincts/first step; swing can get long at times; can swing through velocity in the zone; power potential is a big debate (could be 5, could be 7).

Overall Future Potential: 7; all-star player

Realistic Role: 6; first-division player

Risk Factor/Injury History: Moderate risk; can make a case for low risk based on makeup and present skills; very high floor.

Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: One of the top fantasy prospects in the game, Correa is a potential perennial first-round talent, especially if he does stick at shortstop long term. Think Troy Tulowitzki without the constant injury risk, from a statistical perspective. Even if he does move to the hot corner, he can still be a top performer from that position as well.

The Year Ahead: After a year of steady development at one level, Correa looks ready to take another big step forward in 2014, with a very good chance of playing in Double-A early and perhaps even reaching the majors by the end of the season. It’s aggressive and perhaps unnecessary, but Correa is already the best shortstop in the organization, and despite being 19 years old, he could hold his own at the higher levels because of the elite makeup.

Major league ETA: Late 2014

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