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Houston’s system has thinned considerably the past few years, strained by a talent drain as the Astros supplemented their big league roster and the loss of first and second round draft picks as punishment for their electronic sign-stealing operation. The struggles of once-heralded pitching prospect Forrest Whitley hasn’t helped, either.
The Astros get their top two picks back in 2022, though, and have a pair of position players at the top of their system closing in on big league debuts in Houston. Today, we unveil the 10 best prospects in the Astros system as it enters 2022.
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Here’s how we project their lineup in 2025, with their 2025 ages in parentheses.
PROJECTED 2025 LINEUP
Catcher: Korey Lee (26)
First Base: Joe Perez (25)
Second Base: Jose Altuve (34)
Third Base: Alex Bregman (31)
Shortstop: Jeremy Peña (27)
Left Field: Chas McCormick (30)
Center Field: Jake Meyers (29)
Right Field: Kyle Tucker (28)
Designated Hitter: Yordan Alvarez (28)
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: Yainer Diaz
Best Power Hitter: Scott Schreiber
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Grae Kessinger
Fastest Baserunner: Michael Sandle
Best Athlete: Zach Daniels
Best Fastball: Hunter Brown
Best Curveball: Hunter Brown
Best Slider: Shawn Dubin
Best Changeup: Jaime Melendez
Best Control: Brett Conine
Best Defensive Catcher: Korey Lee
Best Defensive Infielder: Jeremy Peña
Best Infield Arm: Jeremy Peña
Best Defensive Outfielder: Jordan Brewer
Best Outfield Arm: Pedro Leon