Recently, I was asked by the Lancaster Jet Hawks Director of Media Relations to write a guide to the top 10 prospects in the Astros organization for inclusion in the team's game program for the first third of the season. I have included the text to the article below. I wrote this prior to seeing Dying Quail's informative link to a top 15 prospect listing, which has a different order, a few more players(15), and quite a bit more statistical data and information from scouts on the players.
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THE TOP 10 PROSPECTS IN THE ASTROS ORGANIZATION
Rank Name Position Likely to start in…
#10 Felipe Paulino RHP Round Rock(AAA)
Paulino, 25 was near the top of the franchise’s prospect list after an impressive 2007 season, which included a few big league starts in a September call-up. However, the
Farmstros Fact: Paulino was the starter and winning pitcher in the final game of Craig Biggio’s career.
#8 Collin DeLome OF Lancaster(High A)
DeLome, 23 was selected in the 5th Round of the 2007 draft out of
Farmstros Fact: DeLome was the highest pick that the Astros signed from the 2007 draft class.
#7 Drew Sutton IF Round Rock(AAA)
Repeating class AA suited Sutton well in 2008. The 25 year-old led the Hooks in many offensive categories, earning himself a spot on
Farmstros Fact: Sutton was
#6 Jordan Lyles RHP
The Astros selected Lyles 38th overall in the 2008 draft. His selection came on the day he graduated from
Farmstros Fact: Lyles was a two-sport star and as a wide receiver set school records with 81 catches, 1568 yards, and 23 touchdowns his senior year.
#5 Brian Bogusevic OF Round Rock(AAA)
Bogusevic, 25 made the switch from pitching prospect to outfield prospect look simple last summer. Three years after being selected in the first round of the 2005 draft, he moved from the mound to the Corpus Christi outfield, where proceeded to bat .371 with eight stolen bases in 42 games. The left-handed hitter continued the transition in the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .338 in 74 at bats.
Farmstros Fact: Bogusevic played for Tulane in the 2005 College World Series.
#4 Chris Johnson 3B Round Rock(AAA)
Johnson, 24 is the anticipated third baseman of the future for
Farmstros Fact: Johnson’s father is the manager of
#3 Ross Seaton RHP
The Astros picked Seaton out of
Farmstros Fact: Seaton planned to play college baseball at Tulane before signing with the Astros.
#2 Bud Norris RHP Round Rock(AAA)
Norris, 24 has moved rapidly through the Astros’ system since being selected in the 6th Round of the 2006 draft out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The Greenbrae, CA native started 19 games for
Farmstros Fact: Norris nickname originated when as a young child he copied his father’s drink order of Budweiser at the dinner table.
#1 Jason Castro C Lancaster(High A)
Castro, the 10th pick in the 2008 draft got right to work as a professional last summer. He batted .275 in 39 games for Tri-City and then batted .333 in 78 at bats in the
Farmstros Fact: Castro was selected by