BNS - Houston Astros: Top 10 Prospects For 2013


Jonathan Singleton, a 21-year-old left-handed hitting first baseman, is one of the top offensive prospects in baseball. He will miss 50 games to open the 2013 campaign though, having recently been suspended for the use of marijuana. Singleton, who was dealt to Houston in 2011 from Philadelphia in the Hunter Pence trade, is the club’s first baseman of the future, which could lead the team to trade Wallace or move him to DH at some point.

Carlos Correa was a surprise first pick in last summer’s draft. Though highly regarded, he was not projected to go that high, but Houston took him since they could sign him for a less expensive bonus and spend more money on other players in the early rounds. The 18-year-old Puerto Rico Baseball Academy graduate is a plus defensive shortstop with the potential to hit for average and power. Correa has been lauded for his work ethic and his maturity level as well.

George Springer was Houston’s first round pick (11th overall) in 2011 out of the University of Connecticut. His quick bat speed fuels tremendous power, and he belted 22 home runs and hit .316 at advanced Single-A Lancaster last season before cooling off in his Double-A Corpus Christi debut, where he batted .219 with two home runs in 73 at-bats. He also swiped 32 bases between the two stops last year.

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