Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Houston Astros

Org Rank Name DOB Position Assigned Team
1 Carlos Correa 9/22/94 ss Quad Cities River Bandits (LoA)
2 ^Jonathan Singleton 9/18/1991 1b Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)
3 George Springer 9/19/1989 of Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)
4 Lance McCullers 10/2/1993 rhp Quad Cities River Bandits (LoA)
5 Mike Foltynewicz 10/7/1991 rhp Lancaster JetHawks (HiA)
6 Delino DeShields 8/16/1992 2b Lancaster JetHawks (HiA)
7 Jarred Cosart 5/25/1990 rhp Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA)
8 Brad Peacock 2/2/88 rhp Houston Astros
9 Rio Ruiz 5/22/1994 3b Quad Cities River Bandits (LoA)
10 Nick Tropeano 8/27/1990 rhp Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)
^ Restricted list (drug suspension)

AstrosHE'S WHERE? The Astros sent six polished 2012 college draftees to the high Class A California League. Lancaster’s thin air should be a boon for hitters like catcher Tyler Heineman, shortstop Nolan Fontana and outfielders Andrew Aplin and Preston Tucker while presenting a challenge for righthanders Brady Rogers and Aaron West.

WHO'S MISSING: First baseman Jonathan Singleton is serving a 50-game suspension for marijuana use. Righty Adrian Houser, a 2011 second-round pick, has had nagging injuries this spring that held him back in extended spring training.

GO SEE: In a deep organization, this is a tough call. While it’s fascinating to see a Triple-A team such as Oklahoma City working with a tandem starter system—as is every full-season Astros affiliate—prospect hounds will want to head to low Class A Quad Cities. The new affiliate has 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa plus supplemental first-rounder Lance McCullers Jr., with prospects all over the field. Third baseman Rio Ruiz gets to show his swing that earned Eric Chavez comparisons, and the outfield features toolsy sleeper Teoscar Hernandez. Righty Vincent Velasquez joins McCullers on the pitching staff, which should get a boost when Houser gets healthy.