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Top 25 Astros prospects, pre-draft

Bob Levey

There are nearly two months of minor league games behind us. How are things shaking out for the Astros' top prospects list, as of the end of May, 2013?

1. Carlos Correa - young, critical position (shortstop for now and maybe for the future), good plate discipline, hints of power.

2. Jonathan Singleton - he's back from his 50 game suspension. Promising combination of power and on-base ability. Not yet even 22 years old.

3. George Springer - love the speed/power combo. Still a bit wary of the K's.

4. Michael Foltynewicz - performance is on the rise. Hitting triple digits on the radar gun from time to time.

5. Jarred Cosart - improved performance at AAA this year, though control and command are still inconsistent. A major-league call-up may be imminent.

6. Lance McCullers - meeting expectations as one of the top dozen or so talents from the 2012 draft.

7. Delino DeShields, Jr. - not as deadly on the basepaths this year, though the rest of his hitting is encouraging so far, and he seemed to improve as an overall player last year as the year went on.

8. Domingo Santana - showing great promise at a high level. Will eventually need to control the strikeouts as he adjusts further to AA.

9. Nicholas Tropeano - has cooled off some after a fast start, but he is on a steady march through the system. Middle to back of the rotation potential.

10. Rio Ruiz - steady start to full season ball. Batting average should rise as time goes on.

11. Jonathan Villar - always a controversial prospect - still just enough youth and upside to keep him interesting.

12. Asher Wojciechowski - adjusting adequately to AAA so far, after strong results at AA.

13. Nolan Fontana - currently injured, but sky-high walk rate and moderate power for a young shortstop are good signs.

14. Andrew Aplin - this guy really covers CF well, has a stellar walk to strikeout ratio, and is still quite young (just turned 22).

15. Vincent Velasquez - hasn't logged tons of innings since coming back from arm surgery, but the results have been impressive.

16. Brady Rodgers - holding his own at Lancaster - solid WHIP, ERA, and strikeout ratio.

17. Aaron West - several trips to the DL this year for minor injuries, but otherwise he has picked up where he left off last season - very few walks and plenty of strikeouts.

18. Brett Oberholtzer - this lefty is a possible back-of-the-rotation starter - fairly hittable, but limits damage by avoiding walks.

19. Carlos Perez - a young, under-the-radar catcher who hits doubles and has held his own at OKC so far.

20. Marc Krauss - other than an ugly 22 game stretch at OKC last season, he has been a consistent OBP and slugging force these past two years. Turns 26 in October.

21. Tyler Heineman - this catcher rarely strikes out, which contributes to high batting averages (.358 last year, .333 this year). Add in a good walk rate, and he is an on-base machine. He turns 22 in June.

22. Max Stassi - injury-prone backstop has a track record of decent power. He is not overmatched as a 22 year old at AA.

23. Preston Tucker - a very good but not great hitter who shows the potential for a high batting average and good power as a corner outfielder.

24. David Rollins - dark-horse lefty who tops out in the low to mid 90's. His numbers at Lancaster are quite good so far this year.

25. Teoscar Hernandez - high-ceiling guy who can run, field, and hit (though not much power yet). He is also quite raw and so occasionally has 0-fer nights with multiple strikeouts. Will be 21 in October.

Others considered: Austin Wates, Brandon Meredith, Ariel Ovando, Jason Stoffel, Bobby Doran, Jiovanni Mier, Adrian Houser, Joe Musgrove, Matt Duffy, Brett Phillips, Travis Ballew, Kenny Long.

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