As an organization that’s still years away from competing in the major leagues, it should come as no surprise that the Houston Astros farm system is both young and deep. Perhaps what’s most impressive, though, is how they’ve assembled their current top-10 prospects: Four players were acquired through multiple trades with the Phillies, 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, Asher Wojciechowski and, most recently, Brad Peacock—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 Jarred Cosart and shortstop Jonathan Villar, not to mention organizational players such as Robbie Grossman, Josh Fields, Nate Freiman and Marc Krauss.
Here’s a look at the Houston Astros’ top 10 prospects headed into spring training.