I was going through some stuff the other day and I came across my 2009 copy of Baseball Prospectus. Found the top prospects list to be especially interesting. Many of the players listed are currently with the Astros. Also, Kevin Goldstein was the one doing the prospect rankings and is now with the Astros. Some highlights:
- Matt Dominguez (#26 overall): "Dominguez's advanced hitting skills and exemplary defense had some scouts comparing him to a young Eric Chavez."
- Brett Wallace (# 37 overall): "Wallace might not be the prettiest player in the world, but he's one of the best hitters"
- Fernando Martinez (# 44 overall): "Scouts remain mixed on Martinez; for each one who sees him as an impact player down the road, there's another who sees him as merely average."
- Christopher Carter (# 48 overall): "The minor league leader in total bases, Carter has more power than anyone in the system"
- Jordan Schafer (# 50 overall): "He'll be competing for a big-league center field job as early as this spring."
- Jason Castro (# 76 overall): "Castro nonetheless profiles as a fine everyday backstop with both offensive and defensive value."
Interesting to see how many of those guys have played for the Astros, and how many of them are still seeking to fully establish themselves. Also, helps temper expectations about some of the current top prospects. Will be interesting to see what happens. Just for reference, the top 10 prospects for 2009 were: