The offseason breds time for websites to come up with top 'whatever' lists. FanGraphs generally has some of the better lists, much like everything FanGraphs does. On Monday, FanGraph put out their KATOH’s top 100 prospects list.
The list including five Astros prospects:
21. A.J. Reed (9.9 WAR thru 28, 1.3 2014 WAR thru 28)
The Astros drafted Reed in the second round of the 2014 Draft out of Kentucky. Reed crushed Single A Lancaster and Double A Corpus Christi, batting .340 (178x523) with 30 doubles, five triples, 34 home runs, and 127 RBIs this season.
Reed played in the Arizona Fall League, batting .231 (9x39) with three doubles, one home run, and six RBIs.
50. Alex Bregman (5.9 WAR thru 28, N/A 2014 WAR thru 28)
Alex Bregman was selected second overall in the 2015 MLB Draft out of LSU. Bregman has blossomed in Single A Lancaster, batting .319 (51x160) with eight doubles, four triples, and 21 RBIs.
51. Tyler Heineman (5.9 WAR thru 28, 1.4 2014 WAR thru 28)
The Astros drafted Heineman out of UCLA in 2012 MLB Draft in the eighth round. Hineman spend time between Double A Corpus Christi and Triple A Fresno, batting .285 (79x277) with 17 doubles, three home runs, and 30 RBIs.
72. Francis Martes (4.4 WAR thru 28, N/A 2014 WAR thru 28)
Martes came to the Astros as part of the Jarred Cosart trade with the Miami Marlins. Houston Astros traded RHP Jarred Cosart, LF Enrique Hernandez and OF Austin Wates to Miami Marlins for CF Jake Marisnick, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Francis Martes.
Martes played with Single A Lancaster, Single A Quad Cities, and Double A Corpus Christi, posting a 8-3 record with a 2.04 ERA in 19 appearances (16 starts) with 98 strikeouts and 28 walks in 101.2 innings.
76. Tyler White (4.3 WAR thru 28, 1.0 2014 WAR thru 28)
Tyler White was drafted by the Astros in the 33rd round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Western Carolina. White batted 325 (131x403) with 25 doubles, 14 home runs, 99 RBIs, and 84 walks.
Four former Astros prospects made the list as well:
15. Jacob Nottingham, Athletics, (11.0 WAR thru 28, 0.1 2014 WAR thru 28)
The Astros trade Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Daniel Megden to the Oakland Athletics for left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir. Nottingham batted .316 (147x465) with 33 doubles, 17 home runs, 82 RBIs, 99 strike outs, and 33 walks between playing with Single A Quad Cities, Single A Lancaster, and Single A Stockton.
40. Brett Phillips, Brewers, (6.8 WAR thru 28, 6.2 2014 WAR thru 28)
Milwaukee Brewers traded CF Carlos Gomez, RHP Mike Fiers and Other Considerations to Houston Astros for RHP Adrian Houser, OF Brett Phillips, RF Domingo Santana and LHP Josh Hader.
Phillips batted .309 (104x505) with 34 doubles, 14 triples, 16 home runs, 77 RBIs, and 44 Walks between Single A Lancaster, Double A Corpus Christi, and Double A Biloxi.
63. Josh Hader, Brewers, (5.1 WAR through 28, 1.5 2014 WAR through 28)
As previously mentioned, Harder was included in the Carlos Gomez trade. Harde was 4-7 with 3.03 ERA in 24 appearances (17 starts) with 119 strikeouts and 35 walks in 104 innings between Double A Corpus Christi and Double A Biloxi.
96. Ronald Torreyes, Dodgers, (3.8 WAR through 28, 4.9 2014 WAR through 28)
Torreyes was designated for assignment by the Astros on May 7, 2015. The Astros set up a trade with the Blue Jays on May 15, 2015, he is then traded to the Dodgers on June 12, 2015.
Torreyes made an appearances with the Dodgers in 2015, batting .333 (2x6) with a double and an RBI. In the minors, he batted .261 (109x418) with 18 doubles, four home runs, 36 RBIs, and 27 walks in 110 games.