5 Houston Astros Prospects to Keep an Eye on After the All-Star Break
As expected, the Houston Astros are far from competing for a spot in the playoffs this season. Following the All-Star break, the Astros will be major sellers at the trade deadline, and Houston fans will get a good look at some of the top prospects in the organization towards the end of the season.
The Astros have been stockpiling talented prospects for a few years now, and this season will feature the debuts of many young studs with bright futures.
Pitcher Jarred Cosart got things started last week, tossing a gem in his first career start in the majors. As the season progresses, more prospects will get their chance to shine.
5. Brad Peacock
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The Astros acquired Brad Peacock just before the season from Oakland in a trade involving shortstop Jed Lowrie. Peacock has already pitched for the Astros, but he is currently in Triple-A pitching for the Oklahoma City Redhawks.
This season at OKC, Peacock is 5-2 with a 2.73 ERA. Peacock throws his fastball in the low-90s and can keep it down in the zone. He also has a good curveball that can throw off hitters.
Peacock will definitely be wearing an Astro uniform by the end of the season. He has the potential to be a consistent starter in the Astros' rotation in the near future.
4. Mike Foltynewicz
Mike Foltynewicz has been a flamethrower in Double-A Corpus Christi. His fastball can consistently reach triple digits.
Mike Foltynewicz was the first-round pick for the Astros back in 2010, No. 19 overall. He has started a handful of games for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, and he has even come in to close a few games.
This season, Foltynewicz is 4-1 with a solid 2.39 ERA. His best attribute is his fastball, which can reach the 100+ mph range.
Foltynewicz has a big arm, and his velocity is hard for scouts to ignore. Foltynewicz should see the field at the major league level later on this season, and he may even begin next season on the Astros' roster at only 21 years old.
3. Jarred Cosart
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Jarred Cosart was drafted in 2008 by the Philadelphia Phillies and came to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in 2011. He has been near the top of the Astros' prospect list ever since.
Cosart made his much-anticipated MLB debut right before the All-Star break, and he exceeded expectations. He tossed eight scoreless innings versus Tampa Bay and got the win. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, which hasn't been done by a pitcher making his debut in a long time, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
After his brilliant performance, Cosart was sent back down to Triple-A. Cosart told Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle: “So, you know it’s kind of tough after an outing like that. But it is what it is. I know I’m not a perfected pitcher. There’s a lot of things that I can work on that even may be really good — I want to be the best."
In OKC this year, Cosart is 7-4 with a 3.29 ERA. He still has some room for improvement, but after his promising first start, he will definitely be back in the majors very soon.
2. Jonathan Singleton
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Jonathan Singleton is the Astros' top prospect, and he is also a top prospect in the entire league. The Astros acquired Singleton along with Jarred Cosart in the Hunter Pence trade in 2011.
Singleton started the season with a 50-game suspension due to a failed drug test, but he came back playing well. He got off to a hot start with Single-A Quad Cities.
He has cooled off since, and his stats have dropped as he has climbed through Double-A and now Triple-A. On the year, Singleton is hitting only .238, but he has eight long balls and 21 RBI.
Singleton has tremendous power and should be ready to contribute at the major league level before long. He will get his chance later on this season.
1. George Springer
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George Springer was the Astros' first-round pick, No. 11 overall, in 2011. He is the top outfielder on the Astros' prospect list, and he definitely is a part of the team's future.
Springer is tearing it up in the minors. He started the year in Double-A Corpus Christi and played extremely well. In Triple-A, he has played even better, hitting over .400 in 17 games.
This year, Springer's totals are a .315 batting average with 26 homers and 72 RBI. Springer has a ton of power, and he also has good speed in the field and on the basepaths.
The Astros and Astro fans should be excited about this kid. He is 23 years old, and there is a good chance that this season will be his first of many with the Astros.