The Fangraphs Fringe Five: Astros Minor League Depth Getting Noticed

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Fangraphs Fringe Five is a feature that attempts to find prospects who are performing statistically well, but is someone likely off major top 100 lists.

This week's Fangraphs Fringe Five was Astros heavy, yet again. Here's a quick synopsis on what the Fringe Five is exactly.

The Fringe Five is a weekly regular-season exercise, introduced last April by the present author, wherein that same ridiculous author utilizes regressed stats, scouting reports, and also his own heart to identify and/or continue monitoring the most compelling fringe prospects in all of baseball.

This week's episode is Astros heavy again. It included Kyle Smith and David Rollins of the Corpus Christi Hooks.If you haven't clicked the link yet, it's worth going over to fangraphs and checking out the gifs they have have of Smith's curveball.

They keep a scoreboard over there with a point system that adds up every time a player is mentioned on the Fringe Five (a prospect can be featured more than once). The leader on that scoreboard with 19 points is our very own, Thomas Shirley (he's been featured 6 times on the Fringe Five). Coming in 4th place with 14 points is Josh Hader. The scoreboard also features Andrew Aplin, Aaron West, Conrad Gregor, and the previously mentioned Kyle Smith & David Rollins.

This scoreboard is very large and includes dozens of players. I began to wonder which team would add up to have the most points, so I opened an excel file. Five minutes later, here's the results:

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We always hear that the Astros farm system is so DEEP. Well, the Fringe Five is here to tell you that it is true.

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