Houston Astros Top 30
By J.J. Cooper
Astros fans looking for a reprieve from a disastrous offseason may not find much satisfaction in the current state of Houston's farm system, either.
The Astros system is not barren, but relative to recent years, in which it routinely ranked among the game's best, Houston is approaching drought-like conditions on the farm. Recent graduations (Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker) and last year's midseason deal for Zack Greinke, which sent three Top 10 prospects to Arizona, have thinned the Astros system considerably.
The biggest storyline for Houston in 2020 is getting Forrest Whitley, one of baseball's most talented pitching prospects, on track after a disastrous 2019 season.
Of course, the Astros have become the poster franchise for identifying and developing talent from modest backgrounds. Whether that trend continues following the dismissal of Jeff Luhnow remains to be seen, although MLB stripping Houston of first and second round picks in both 2020 and 2021 only complicates a restocking of the farm.
Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.
Catcher: Korey lee (24)
First Base: Abraham Toro (26)
Second Base: Jose Altuve (33)
Third Base: Alex Bregman (29)
Shortstop: Carlos Correa (28)
Left Field: Kyle Tucker (26)
Center Field: Myles Straw (28)
Right Field: George Springer (33)
Designated Hitter: Yordan Alvarez (26)
No. 1 Starter: Lance McCullers Jr. (29)
No. 2 Starter: Forrest Whitley (25)
No. 3 Starter: Jose Urquidy (28)
No. 4 Starter: Cristian Javier (26)
No. 5 Starter: Hunter Brown (24)
Closer: Bryan Abreu (26)
Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Houston's Top 10, click here.
Best Hitter for Average: Abraham Toro
Best Power Hitter: Chandler Taylor
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Jeremy Peña
Fastest Baserunner: Jordan Brewer
Best Athlete: Jordan Brewer
Best Fastball: Jose Rivera
Best Curveball: Bryan Abreu
Best Slider: Enoli Paredes
Best Changeup: Forrest Whitley
Best Control: Jose Urquidy
Best Defensive Catcher: Chuckie Robinson
Best Defensive Infielder: Jeremy Peña
Best Infield Arm: Freudis Nova
Best Defensive Outfielder: Ronnie Dawson
Best Outfield Arm: Chandler Taylor
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