TCB Top 30 Astros Prospects Rankings Black Friday Wrap-up

The grades for this years TCB top 30 Astros prospect rankings from all eight writers as well as Astros prospect rankings from other sites.

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving, enjoying a Houston Texan win while chomping down on some delicious turkey.

I meant to get add our grades to the final podcast post, but it completely slipped my mind, so I'll take the opportunity now to share our rankings as well as links to our podcasts and the recent rankings of other sites.

First, here's our board: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avv9_OMMmVhUdHhyQlFNSm1pTktneWt4U1pYMC1ldXc&authkey=CKXIz_YL

We used John Sickels grading system to grade our prospects. Here are what the grades mean.

Eight writers contributed this year which is double what we've had the past two years. I think this stabilized the rankings a bit since one writer's grade had less of an impact on a prospects rankings. This was Chris' first foray into prospect rankings and he is going to have a post up in the coming days to defend those rankings.

TCB Top 30 Houston Astros Prospect Podcast Special - Hour 1 - The Crawfish Boxes
Talking prospects outside the top 30 and prospects 30-21 according to our rankings.

TCB Top 30 Houston Astros Prospect Podcast Special - Hour 2 - The Crawfish Boxes
Talking Houston Astros prospects 20-11 according to our rankings.

TCB Top 30 Houston Astros Prospect Podcast Special - Hour 3 - The Crawfish Boxes
Talking Houston Astros prospects 10-1 according to our writer rankings.

Other Rankings

I'm not going to pretend that I went to every major site who has released their rankings and instead will give a hat tip to Farmstros for prospect ranking links.

Farmstros: 'Tis the Season... To Rate Prospects
By Farmstros

Our top 10 prospect rankings are very close to Baseball Prospectus top 10 rankings, but vary a bit more with Jonathan Mayo's and FanGraphs rankings. All of us had the same top 5 players, with some variation in rankings. One player that sticks out is Domingo Santana who BP and us both have in our top 10 while Mayo and FanGraphs have him outside their top 15. Maybe Baseball America should be the tie-breaker.

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