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2021 Houston Astros Top MLB Prospects


By Ben Badler

The Astros are still positioned to contend in 2021, but their farm system has declined. Some of that is a natural byproduct of consistently winning and picking later in the draft. Penalties from their sign stealing violations, namely the loss of first-round and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021, won't help.

What would make a huge impact for the Astros is a leap forward from righthander Forrest Whitley, who remains the team's top prospect. Once the top pitching prospect in baseball, Whitley is growing further removed from that title, with concerns mounting about whether he will reach his frontline starter projections. After suffering through a miserable 2019, he mostly stayed on the sidelines during 2020 with arm discomfort.

Today, we unveil the 10 best prospects in their system entering 2021.

We will chat Astros prospects at 3 p.m. ET. You can submit your questions here.

Here's how we project their lineup in 2024, with their 2024 age in parentheses.

Catcher: Korey Lee (25)
First Base: Abraham Toro (27)
Second Base: Jose Altuve (34)
Third Base: Alex Bregman (30)
Shortstop: Carlos Correa (29)
Left Field: Kyle Tucker (27)
Center Field: Colin Barber (23)
Right Field: Chas McCormick (29)
Designated Hitter: Yordan Alvarez (27)

No. 1 Starter: Lance McCullers Jr. (30)
No. 2 Starter: Framber Valdez (30)
No. 3 Starter: Cristian Javier (27)
No. 4 Starter: Forrest Whitley (26)
No. 5 Starter: Jose Urquidy (29)
Closer: Luis Garcia (27)

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: Chas McCormick
Best Power Hitter: Zach Daniels
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Grae Kessinger
Fastest Baserunner: Zach Daniels
Best Athlete: Zach Daniels
Best Fastball: Hunter Brown
Best Curveball: Bryan Abreu
Best Slider: Bryan Abreu
Best Changeup: Luis Garcia
Best Control: Brett Conine
Best Defensive Catcher: Korey Lee
Best Defensive Infielder: Jeremy Pena
Best Infield Arm: Freudis Nova
Best Defensive Outfielder: Jake Meyers
Best Outfield Arm: Richi Gonzalez


Hunter Brown Photo By Jamie Squire Getty Images

2023 Astros Top 10 Prospects Podcast

Geoff Pontes joins Kyle Glaser to break down the Houston Astros system.

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