Houston Astros Farm System Report 2015

Houston Astros Farm System

Rank #4 heading into the 2015 season
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Houston Astros Farm System

Coming into the 2014 season the Astros has arguably the top farm system in all of baseball with the likes of uber talented outfielder George Springer and first baseman Jonathan Singleton. Both guys eventually would make their MLB debuts. It was expected that they would fall down after these promotion and the inability to sign their first round pick Brady Aiken. That should give you an idea that even without these three as part of the minor league system how absolutely loaded they truly are. The 2014 draft produced several true talented assets for the Astros.

Outfielder Derek Fisher from Virginia and A.J. Reed out of Kentucky. Fisher is guy with a good baseball body – 6’1″ 210 and he runs well. In his brief 42 games of the 2014 season he posted 17 stolen bases. ‘A.J. Reed is a great pick for a power hitting prospect. He blasted 12 homers after he signed last year and finished the season with a .289 average, 33 extra base hits and 54 RBI in 68 games. Reed was a two-way player and UK and he finished his junior year leading the team in HR, RBI, AVG, OB% and walks. His pitching was also impressive as he finished the season with a 2.09ERA with 71K. He was awarded the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honors for his remarkable season.<

Shortstop Carlos Correa is #3 best prospect in all of baseball (Top 100 List)
Correa is a slick-fielding shortstop with great hands and amazing range. He profiles as a middle of the order bat as long as he can stay healthy.
RHP Mark Appel needs work on his command but he has all the makings of a mid-rotation starter in the bigs. I wouldn’t give up on him yet. There is a reason why two teams used their top draft pick to select him in back-to-back years. One knock on the Astros is that they are rushing him in our humble opinion. He needs to stay at one level and gain confidence before the move him up. He made some adjustments during the fall league that should get him off to the right start in 2015.
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It’s worth mentioning that the Astros made a bevy of offseason acquisitions including Evan Gattis from the Braves. The also signed Colby Rasmus. Between Chris Carter, Gattis, and Rasmus they may end up setting the record for the most strikeouts and home runs hit by a team in a season.