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Astros 2020 Prospects to the Major Leagues

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros have sustained heavy losses in the wake of PR hits; punishment from scandal; draft losses; key personnel exodus or termination; trade, or budgetary constraints. Each of these have been written about at length.

For perspective on the draft losses, the Astros could have selected both, Bobby Miller and Kyle Nicolas this year before ever being gifted Alex Santos. Quite a swing. A national pundit is not going to accentuate this fact, especially if other teams used electronics to signal batters (which appears to be the case).

Frankly, it leaves a bitter rear-view of a proud franchise and its past accomplishments. Yet time marches on from those visionaries, like Oz Ocampo, who brought the franchise dozens of well-stocked depth, and seedlings for the harvest.

Every day, the skies clear out. Left in the competitive hands of former grinder at Central Missouri State, Jim Crane, newly hired GM, James Click; and the drafting enterprise under Charlie Cook, and Kris Gross, et al. has been masterful thus far.

Mined as a gem, fashioned, skilled and well-trained.

Don't ask Baseball America, which ranked the Astros #29 of 30 teams. Don't tell them HOU had 11 rookies on OD, some having previously only faced minimal advanced comps. Those players were hardly on radar in early 2019, or given credit for ascent. The overall value of a farm is what value is retained in trades with surplus like Rojas, Celestino, Rogers, Martin, Fisher, Kemp.

With more than half a dozen graduates including an unsung prospect, AL Rookie of the Year, several are regulars. The three Rule 5's are all making a dent for their respective clubs. The Giants have highly-touted Joey Bart, yet they are playing Astros give-away, Tyler Heineman.

This type of ML, C/C+ grade talent is abundant. Confirmation the depth was here all along, not given nearly the credit deserved. Names like Tanielu, Mayfield, Dawson, McKee, De la Cruz may soon find similar outcomes.

In a continuing series rating the progress of the more likely minor leaguers to force their way on -- somewhere, if not in Houston -- we take a look at the next few years' projections as an approach to Astros team needs.

Scale in Old School Grades by major leagues, and in Astros Layman's Term Comps:

45 C- .. Makes MLB roster, tradeable place-setter doesn't quite stick: Burke Lane Abad ~0 to 3+ WAR.

45+ C .. Dependable w/fungible tools, starter for middle road team.

50 C+ .. Stays on the field by grit, average skillset while secondaries exceed, ex. Blum, Bielak

50+ B-/B .. Potential 10 WAR player, some All-Star votes per year; Villar Laureano Malancon

55 B/B+ .. A solid Major League career exceeding 10 WAR range; Valverde Wandy Marwin

55+ A- .. Potential All-Star; JD Martinez, Carlos Lee, Miguel Tejada

60 A .. Perennial All-Star; Luis Gonzales, Jeff Bagwell

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#1 Whitley: CV 45+ / FV 55+

#2 Urquidy: 50 / 55

#3 Toro: 45+ / 50+

#4 Javier: 45 / 50+

#5 Solis: 45 / 50+*

#6 Bielak: 45 / 50

#7 Conine: 45 / 50

#8 Paredes: 45+ / 50

#9 H Brown: 40+ / 50

#10 Garcia: 45 / 50

#11 Abreu 45 / 45+

#12 Torres: 45 / 45+

#13 Ivey: 40+ / 50*

#14 Pena: 40 / 45+

#15 Stubbs: 45 / 45+

#16 B Taylor: 45 / 50

#17 Lee: 40 / 45+

#18 Barber: 40 / 50

#19 Rodriguez: 45 / 50

#20 Henley: 40 / 50

#21 Santos: 40 / 45+

#22 Brewer: 40 / 45+

#23 Bailey: 45 / 45+

#24 Tanielu: 45 / 45+

#25 Castellanos: 45 / 45

#26 Dubin: 40 / 45

#27 Rivera: 40 / 45

#28 Nova: 40 / 45

#29 Sanabria: 40 / 45

#30 Lorenzo: 40 / 45

#31 Scrubb: 45 / 45

#32 Solomon: 40 / 50*

#33 Hansen: 40 / 45

#34 J Lopez: 40 / 45

#35 Maquarie: 40 / 45

#36 McCormick: 40+ / 45

#37 Jones: 40+ / 45

#38 Bellozo: 40 / 45

#39 Dawson: 40+ / 45

#40 Gusto: 40 / 45

#41 JP Lopez: 40 / 45

Sleepers; Kessinger, Meyers, C Taylor, M Ramirez, Robaina, Quintana, Papierski, CJ Stubbs, McKee, Julks, Molero, Leovanny, Cortabarria, Jimenez, Cobos, Caballos, Deason, Collado, Perry, Perez, Mushinski, B Daniels, Gayle, DLCruz, Santana, Shaver, Adams, Whitcomb, Zimmerman, Ty Brown, Z Daniels.