It's not prospect season without a ton of Top 100 lists. The granddaddy of them all may just be the Baseball America list for a lot of reasons. It's not the end-all, be-all, but it is a winter event when it's released, which happened Tuesday. Surprisingly, the Astros landed five different players on the list. Here they are, complete with their ranking: 13. Carlos Correa 27. Jonathan Singleton 37. George Springer 50. Lance McCullers 99. Delino DeShields, Jr. Subber10 has already weighed in on this, thinking that Correa is ranked too highly and that DDJ is ranked too low. Unlike some lists, Correa was ranked only behind Byron Buxton as 2013 draftees. If you remember, Keith Law had three different 2013 draft picks ahead of Correa. It's also not surprising that the players were rated where they were. Correa is very toolsy, which Baseball America and it's network of scouts love. DDJ had a bad year, followed by a breakout season. He also plays a position in the minors that is sometimes devalued. So, not surprised that he's not ranked higher, though he probably should be. I was a little shocked to see Springer ranked so highly, but I get caught up in all the concern over his contact rate and lose track of his tool shed. He's an incredibly talented player who is flying through the system. If he has a good season at Double-A this year, Springer has a shot at being a Top 25 prospect next year.
Baseball America's Top 100 List Released: Five Astros Prospects Make The Grade
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