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Carlos Correa No. 3 on Keith Law's Top 100 prospect list

Houston had five prospects in the top 100, including two pitchers and three position players.


Carlos Correa was named the third-best prospect in baseball on Keith Law's annual Top 100 prospect list on ESPN. Law released his Insider list in two parts. Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant finished first while Twins center field prospect Byron Buxton finished second. Houston put five players overall on the list, including two pitchers and three position players.

No. 3 Carlos Correa

No. 44 Mark Appel

No. 56 Vincent Velasquez

No. 73 Colin Moran

No. 76 Brett Phillips

Correa was the highest-rated shortstop on the list, just beating out No. 4 Addison Russell of the Cubs. Appel was the 20th-highest pitcher ranked on the list, falling behind names like Tyler Kolek, Jon Gray and others.

Two former Astros prospects also made the list, as Mike Foltynewicz came in at No. 47 and Rio Ruiz made the list at No. 93. Both players were traded to the Braves, along with former second-round pick Andrew Thurman, for catcher/first baseman/designated hitter/left fielder/Oso Blanco Evan Gattis.

Houston could have drafted both Bryant, Buxton and No. 12 prospect Carlos Rodon, but opted for different players each time. Correa and Buxton are close enough to throw a blanket over, while Bryant and Appel are 43 places apart. Rodon and No. 1 overall pick in 2014 Brady Aiken are infinite spaces apart.

On Wednesday, Klaw released his farm system rankings, pegging the Astros feeder system as the third-best in baseball. The Cubs came in first there and the Twins came in second. Since Bryant came in first on this list and Buxton finished second, Law was at least consistent.