I’m not going to try to disguise it: The Astros have one of my favorite farm systems in the game, and not just because they had the courage to hire former Baseball Prospectus prospect guru Kevin Goldstein as their Pro Scouting Coordinator.
The team’s top 10 prospects are primarily a collection of raw, high-ceiling talent, with only a few players that project to be sure-fire big-leaguers. What I find most impressive, though, is how they’ve assembled their talent: Four players were acquired from the Phillies in various trades, while the rest of their prospects are the product of back-to-back-to-back strong amateur drafts.
It’s also worth noting that the Astros have acquired a host of impressive, non-top-10 prospects—mainly pitchers such as Kevin Comer, Joe Musgrove and Asher Wojciechowski—through under-the-radar trades over the last two seasons.
Over the course of the 2013 season, their system should feature the graduation of several players to the major leagues, most notably first baseman Jonathan Singleton, right-hander Jared Cosart and shortstop Jonathan Villar. Beyond those three, it may be several seasons until the bulk of their top prospects debut in the big leagues.
Here’s a look at the Houston Astros’ top 10 prospects headed into the 2013 season.