The droning days from New Year's Day to Spring Training can feel like forever. But, luckily major publications like Baseball Prospectus, Baseball America, and MLB.com provide us with these seemingly constructed lists of prospects to discuss.
MLB.com is the most recent to release their Top 100 prospects in baseball for us to peruse and dig into, and well over-analyze.
These lists are great and offer plenty to discuss and compare, especially from publication to publication (more on that later).
The Houston Astros landed seven prospects on the top 100 list which tied for second with the Chicago Cubs and two prospects shy of the Boston Red Sox's leading total of nine. However, what the Astros lacked in total prospects on the list when compared to the Red Sox, they made up for in quality, as they had 439 points, three higher than the BoSox.
Here are the Astros prospects overall rankings:
17. Mark Appel
21. George Springer
52. Lance McCullers Jr.
54. Mike Foltynewicz
66. Delino DeShields Jr.
- 3 players in the top 25 is quite impressive.
- LMJ over Folty is interesting, although definitely understandable
- DDJ ranks 66th overall and the 7th best Astros prospect but fails to reach top 10 in the system according to Baseball America
- Jonathan Gray and Kris Bryant higher than Mark Appel?
- Does seeing Nick Castellanos at 15 still sting…like a lot…not like a mosquito bite, but like a South Texas scorpion, or a giant jelly fish…or the sight of Tal Smith's fro
- Singleton's stock wasn't hurt all that much in the eyes of Jonathan Mayo and co. by his poor season.