The Astros are going to have to rely more and more on young talent than ever before. Houston fans are going to have to get to know the key names down on the farm because they will be seeing them as soon as this season.
Before we look at the top 20, we need to establish a few ground rules. First, in order to be on the list, the player cannot have played at the big league level. Secondly, rankings are based on a variety of factors. First, how close is the player to getting to the big leagues? Second, does he project to be a star or just another player? Third, how did he actually perform at the big league level? Finally, how highly do the Astros view him?
With each player, we will answer each of those four questions. Obviously, different publications disagree with where these guys rank. Astros.com has their own top 10. If a player fits there, I will designate them as such.