This week, our partner in independent Astros blogging crime, www.AstrosFuture.com, released their Top 30 prospects lists:
Recommended reading for Astros fans and prospect-philes alike. A
Also recommended: whattheheckbobby.blogspot.com has also posted the 2018 Astros Consensus Top Prospect List, gathered from other industry sources, and is breaking down players who are beyond the top 30, by position. The whole series is worth a good read.
Both sites are great resources dedicated to the Houston Astros’ farm system.
Although the Houston Astros are clearly an odds-on favorite to repeat a World Series appearance (and probably for the next few seasons beyond at least!), the farm is not barren. It is shallower due to graduations and trades used to bring in top-shelf talent like Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Ken Giles, and others. But the farm features two Top 10 national prospects in right fielder Kyle Tucker and starting pitcher Forrest Whitley.
Beyond those two, the farm features a plethora of starting and relief pitchers with better than average major league upside, and a handful of intriguing batters. The list currently includes a large representation from international players signed over the last few years at a young age and are creeping through the system.