Saturday, February 9, 2013

2013 Consensus Astros Top Prospect List

To get a general consensus regarding the Astros top prospects, I took top prospect lists from the Baseball America 2013 Prospect HandbookJohn Sickels with Minor League Ball at SB Nation, Fan Graphs, Baseball Prospectus and Jonathan Mayo's 2013 Pre-Season Top 20 Prospect List and averaged the rankings. If a prospect was on at least three of the five lists, he qualified (with the following caveat).

I reached out to John Manuel of Baseball America to find out where Brad Peacock and Max Stassi would rank given that the Prospect Handbook had already been released prior to the Jed Lowrie trade; that information is included in these overall rankings. John Sickels and Jonathan Mayo had already revised their lists to include Peacock and Stassi. Fan Graphs and Baseball Prospectus did not revise their lists to include those two prospects.

Jon Singleton - Corpus Christi June 2012
Photo by Jayne Hansen

1. 1B Jonathan Singleton
2. SS Carlos Correa
3. OF George Springer
4. 2B Delino DeShields
5. RHP Jarred Cosart
6. RHP Lance McCullers
7. RHP Michael Foltynewciz
8. 3B Rio Ruiz
9. RHP Nick Tropeano
10T. OF Domingo Santana
10T. SS Jonathan Villar
12. RHP Brad Peacock
13. SS Nolan Fontana
14. RHP Asher Wojciechowski
15. RHP Vincent Velasquez
16. OF Robbie Grossman
17. RHP Adrian Houser
18. C Max Stassi
19. C Carlos Perez

Two additional prospects were ranked by two of the five: RHP Brady Rodgers and RHP Aaron West.

There were several more who were ranked by one of the five: OF Marc Krauss, OF Ariel Ovando, RHP Jose Cisnero, OF Brett Phillips, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Ross Seaton, RHP Chia-Jen Lo, OF Andrew Aplin, RHP Josh Fields, OF Austin Wates, RHP Paul Clemens, C Tyler Heineman, LHP Kevin Chapman, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Kevin Comer, and LHP Colton Cain.

Others who were listed as players to watch by at least one of the five: 1B Nate Freiman, OF Preston Tucker, 3B/OF Bobby Borchering, RHP Alex Gillingham, RHP Matt Heidenreich, LHP Kenny Long, SS Jiovanni Mier, LHP Rudy Owens, RHP Bobby Doran, and OF Teoscar Hernandez.

For reference (and a walk down memory lane), here is the 2012 Consensus List that I put together last year about this time.

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