Baseball America released their annual top ten prospect rankings for the Astros this morning, and there are some bold picks highlighted within.
A.J. Reed has vaulted to the top of the list on the strength of a 2015 season, his first full season as a professional, that saw him win the Minor League Player of the year after posting a slash line of .340/.432/.612 with 34 home runs, 320 total bases, 30 doubles, five triples, and 86 walks in 622 plate appearances across two levels, culminating with 53 games at Double-A Corpus Christi.
The next spot is ocupied, not by near-consensus top 100 prospect Alex Bregman or either of the other two players that the Astros drafted in the first round in 2015, but by rising star Francis Martes. Martes opened many eyes in 2015 with a glittering stat line across three levels of the Astros system, as is evidenced by his dramatic rise on this list. Martes finished the season with a combined 8-3 record, a 2.04 ERA, 1.092 WHIP, 98 strikeouts in 101.2 innings pitched, a 2.5 BB/9 ratio, 8.7 K/9 ratio, and a 3.50 K/BB ratio.
Alex Bregman occupies the third spot on the list, and Kyle Tucker and Daz Cameron round out the top five, respectively.
Also of interest, Martes, Joe Musgrove, and David Paulino each placed higher on Basebal lAmerica's list than did Michael Feliz, who made his Major League debut in 2015.
Here's the full list:
1. A.J. Reed, 1B
2. Francis Martes,RHP
3. Alex Bregman,SS
4. Kyle Tucker,OF
5. Daz Cameron,OF
6. Joe Musgrove,RHP
7. David Paulino, RHP
8. Colin Moran, 3B
9. Derek Fisher,OF
10. Michael Feliz,RHP
What do you think? Did Baseball America nail it, or did they miss the mark?