Monday, March 10, 2014

Consensus Top 20 Astros Prospect List and Farm Rankings

I've been collecting Prospect Rankings from various baseball pundits, culminating with Jonathan Mayo's pre-season Top 20 which came out late last week (added below). I also added the Fan Graph's ranking that came out in December. I have now taken the liberty of compiling a Consensus Top 20 List from the rankings of the six sources listed below. (A player needed to appear on at least three of the lists to make the top 20.)

CONSENSUS TOP 20 PROSPECT LIST

1. SS Carlos Correa
2. OF George Springer
3. RHP Mark Appel
4. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
5. 1B Jon Singleton
6. RHP Lance McCullers
7. RHP Vincent Velasquez
8. OF Domingo Santana
9. RHP Michael Feliz
10. 3B Rio Ruiz
11. OF Delino DeShields
12. RHP Asher Wojciechowski
13. C Max Stassi
14. LHP Josh Hader
15. RHP Andrew Thurman
16. OF Teoscar Hernandez
17. RHP Nick Tropeano
18. RHP Kyle Smith
19. SS Nolan Fontana
20. OF Danry Vasquez

RHP Kevin Chapman and OF Andrew Aplin are the only two players who appeared in the top 20 on any of the lists (Baseball America) who did not make the consensus list.

Those who were on the consensus list from last year who dropped off were Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Villar, Brad Peacock, Robbie Grossman, Adrian Houser and Carlos Perez. New to the consensus list are Appel, Feliz, Hader, Thurman, Hernandez, Smith and Vasquez.

ORGANIZATIONAL TOP PROSPECT LISTS

Baseball America's Organizational Top 10 (1/21/14)
1. SS Carlos Correa
2. OF George Springer
3. RHP Mark Appel
4. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
5. RHP Lance McCullers
6. RHP Vincent Velasquez
7. 1B Jon Singleton
8. OF Domingo Santana
9. RHP Michael Feliz
10. RHP Asher Wojciechowski

UPDATE: I got the BA Prospect Handbook in the mail today so I can now reveal their rankings of #11-31 in the Astros system.

11. 3B Rio Ruiz
12. C Max Stassi
13. OF Delino DeShields
14. LHP Josh Hader
15. RHP Andrew Thurman
16. OF Teoscar Hernandez
17. LHP Kevin Chapman
18. RHP Nick Tropeano
19. OF Andrew Aplin
20. SS Nolan Fontana
21. RHP Jake Buchanan
22. RHP Kyle Smith
23. LHP Kent Emanuel
24. LHP Chris Lee
25. OF Leo Heras
26. RHP Gonzalo Sanudo
27. RHP Jandel Gustave
28. LHP Reymin Guduan
29. OF Danry Vasquez
30. OF Brett Phillips
31. 2B/SS Ronald Torreyes

Baseball Prospectus' Organizational Top 10 (11/4/13)
1. SS Carlos Correa
2. OF George Springer
3. RHP Mark Appel
4. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
5. 1B Jon Singleton
6. RHP Vincent Velasquez
7. RHP Lance McCullers
8. OF Domingo Santana
9. 3B Rio Ruiz
10. RHP Michael Feliz

Keith Law's ESPN.com Organizational Top 10 (1/30/14) via House of Houston
1. SS Carlos Correa
2. RHP Mark Appel
3. OF George Springer
4. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
5. 1B Jon Singleton
6. OF Delino DeShields
7. RHP Vincent Velasquez
8. RHP Lance McCullers
9. 3B Rio Ruiz
10. RHP Michael Feliz

John Sickels (minorleagueball.com) Organizational Top 20 (2/18/14)
1. SS Carlos Correa
2. OF George Springer
3. RHP Mark Appel
4. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
5. RHP Lance McCullers
6. RHP Vincent Velasquez
7. OF Domingo Santana
8. RHP Michael Feliz
9. 1B Jon Singleton
10. 3B Rio Ruiz
11. OF Delino DeShields
12. RHP Asher Wojciechowski
13. C Max Stassi
14. RHP Nick Tropeano
15. LHP Josh Hader
16. RHP Kyle Smith
17. RHP Andrew Thurman
18. OF Danry Vasquez
19. OF Teoscar Hernandez
20. SS Nolan Fontana

Jonathan Mayo's MLB.com Organizational Top 20 (3/7/14)
1. SS Carlos Correa
2. RHP Mark Appel
3. OF George Springer
4. 1B Jon Singleton
5. RHP Lance McCullers
6. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
7. OF Delino DeShields
8. OF Domingo Santana
9. RHP Vincent Velasquez
10. RHP Michael Feliz
11. 3B Rio Ruiz
12. C Max Stassi
13. OF Teoscar Hernandez
14. RHP Asher Wojciechowski
15. LHP Josh Hader
16. RHP Andrew Thurman
17. RHP Nick Tropeano
18. SS Nolan Fontana
19. RHP Kyle Smith
20. OF Danry Vasquez

Fan Graph's Top 10 + the next five (12/23/13)
1. SS Carlos Correa
2. OF George Springer
3. RHP Mark Appel
4. 1B Jon Singleton
5. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
6. RHP Vince Velasquez
7. RHP Lance McCullers
8. OF Domingo Santana
9. 3B Rio Ruiz
10. LHP Josh Hader
11. RHP Michael Feliz
12. C Max Stassi
13. OF Delino DeShields
14. RHP Andrew Thurman
15. RHP Kyle Smith

OVERALL TOP PROSPECT LISTS

Baseball Prospectus' Top 101 Prospect List (1/27/14)
5. SS Carlos Correa
20. OF George Springer
21. RHP Mark Appel
43. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
57. 1B Jon Singleton

Jonathan Mayo's MLB.com Top 100 (1/23/14)
8. SS Carlos Correa (#3 on SS list)
17. RHP Mark Appel (#6 on RHP list)
21. OF George Springer (#5 on OF list)
50. 1B Jon Singleton (#1 on 1B list)
52. RHP Lance McCullers
54. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
66. OF Delino DeShields

Here's my take on how the 2014 list compared to 2013, as well as how the Astros fared vs. the other AL West teams.

Keith Law's ESPN.com Top 100 Prospect List (1/29/14) via Astros County
4. SS Carlos Correa
11. RHP Mark Appel
19. OF George Springer
70. RHP Mike Foltynewicz
78. 1B Jon Singleton
80. OF Delino DeShields
82. RHP Vincent Velasquez

Fan Graphs Top 100 Prospect List (2/11/14)
9. SS Carlos Correa (#4 on SS list)
14. OF George Springer (#3 on OF list)
26. RHP Mark Appel (#14 on Pitcher list)
55. 1B Jon Singleton (#1 on 1B list)
57. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (#27 on Pitcher list)
67. RHP Vincent Velasquez (#30 on Pitcher list)

Baseball America's Top 100 Prospect List (2/19/14)
7. SS Carlos Correa
18. OF George Springer
39. Mark Appel
59. Mike Foltynewicz
77. Lance McCullers
82. Jon Singleton

FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

Keith Law's ESPN.com Farm System Rankings (1/28/14) via Astros County
2014 - Ranked 1st
2013 - Ranked 4th
2012 - Ranked 27th

Baseball America's Farm System Rankings (coming out in the Prospect Handbook)
However, they had this take in October that ranked the Astros system #2.
2014 - Ranked 5th in the new Prospect Handbook
2013 - Ranked 9th
2012 - Ranked 17th

John Sickels (minorleagueball.com) Farm System Rankings (coming ?)
2014 -
2013 - Ranked 10th
2012 - Ranked 25th

Baseball Prospectus' Farm System Rankings (2/26/14)
2014 - Ranked 5th
2013 - Ranked 9th
2012 - Ranked 26th

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