The Astros made a leap forward in 2014. Jose Altuve stepped up as an offensive leader and George Springer showed he has potential. The Astros still aren’t a winning team, but they’re certainly making steps towards it, with plenty of promising prospects closer to helping. Houston has addressed their bullpen this offseason, and despite Singleton and Springer graduating off the list; Houston still have a pretty strong system. The young talent is just moving in with Marisnick, Singleton, Grossman, Villar and the rest mentioned above. They’re still lacking some starting pitching, but it could come in the form of Mark Appel and Velasquez leading their rotation in the coming years. The Astros may need to add a big arm next offseason too. They’re still at least one more year away in the strong AL West. Let’s jump in. (Note: A+ is the best rating, C- is the worst)
- SS Carlos Correa– At first seen as a safe, but talented pick by the Astros number one overall in 2012, Correa has broken out in a big way. The Puerto Rican’s only setback so far was a broken leg that cost him half of his season. Correa looks like a great hitter and has all the making of an All-Star shortstop. He could make his debut by the end of 2016, but there’s no rush as Correa is only 20 and Jed Lowrie is keeping his spot warm. Correa’s swing is a thing of beauty and it could carry good power. He’s considered one of the top prospects in baseball for many, and for good reason. The Astros truly have someone special in Correa, someone you could build an entire franchise around. Grade: A+ Upside: Top shortstop in baseball, possible top 10 player.