I have tickets to the Quad Cities (A) 2nd and 3rd games of the year at Kane County and I am curious of who I might be able to get a look at. I live less than 30 minutes from Kane County's stadium so I'm excited to be able to see some Astros minor league games in the coming years now that we have a team in their division. So let's see... where will the top prospects (from MLB.com) start?
1. Jonathan Singleton- Singleton spent all of last year in AA, hitting .284/.396 with 21 HRs and exactly 1K/game. I've heard he could make a run at starting the year out in Houston right out of Spring Training, but I don't know if that is realistic. Could he completely jump over AAA? Possibly. Do I think he should? No. Even if he blows us all away in ST I think it would be smart to start him out in AAA next year. He is too important to rush. Let him take his time.
2. Carlos Correa- The #1 pick spent his short time in the organization last year in between the GCL and Greenville. In the 35 ABs he recorded in Greenville, he was able to hit .371/.450 with 8 Ks. I've heard he might start out in Single A Quad Cities, but the organization is worried hurting his confidence if he does poorly. I'd love to see Correa play in April in person. Will it happen? I don't really know. I think he could definitely play in A right now, but the fact is that he is only 18 years old. It might be smart to give him time to fully develop and progress as a player. He is playing ball right now in some winter leagues, so that gives him a little experience. But I just don't 100% see him starting in A next year. Even if he doesn't start out the year in Quad Cities, he'll probably end up there at some point next year, so I might still be able to see him play.
3. George Springer- Springer is my favorite player in the Astros organization. He was in A+ Lancaster for most of last year, where he saw success. A late promotion to AA CC wasn't as successful, where he hit .219/.288 and struck out in about 1/3 of his ABs. He might end up as a September call-up this year, but he will most likely start out in AA. He was a recent draft pick, but he's actually the oldest prospect in the top 10. I still think we should take our time with him.
4. Jarred Cosart- I believe Cosart will start out on the Major League roster IF he can put together a solid Spring Training. He performed well in both AA and AAA last year. He might not start out the year in the Astros rotation, but I think it's possible he could be a bullpen arm to start out.
5. Delino DeShields- DeShields tore it up in Single A Lexington last year, earning a promotion to A+ Lancaster in August. He didn't do nearly as well there, but it could have been much worse. I think he could start out in AA, but I'd be putting my $ on him starting in Lancaster again next year.
6. Lance McCullers- McCullers made 4 starts in the GCL and 4 starts in Greenville last year, doing much better in the GCL with a 1.64 ERA in 11IP and a 6.0 K/BB ratio. For whatever reason, his K/BB ratio was 1.7 in 15IP in Greenville. However, I think he could very well start out in Quad Cities (I hope he does). I believe McCullers will reach Houston faster than most people think. I also think he will be GOOD.
7. Mike Foltynewicz- Folty was a tank in Single A Lexington last year; he boasted a ERA of pi (3.14) in 152IP with 125K/62BB. He will start out in Lancaster, and I think he will most definitely be successful.
What do you guys think? And who do you think I'll be able to see in April?