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Astros Showing Up On Prospect Lists

Again, we look to Project Prospect's excellent lists breaking down the different prospects at each level and who is deserving of a high ranking.

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Houston put players on both the High-A and Low-A lists, with the High-A list having the most Astros with three. Jonathan Singleton was ranked third while both Jonathan Villar and Jose Altuve got honorable mentions. Jiovanni MIer also got an honorable mention on the Low-A list.

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One thing strikes me about these two lists is that age plays such an important role in prospect evaluation. We saw those great articles over at Baseball Prospectus highlighting the effect age can have on high school hitters in the draft and it's no less important here. The top three guys on the Low-A list were also the youngest. 

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Now, to be fair, PP used age as one of its weights for ranking the players, but still, the younger a prospect is, the better a chance he has to succeed. Why do you think Singleton has such a high upside? He's got prodigious power and time to grow into it. 

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That doesn't mean guys like George Springer won't be ranked highly. It just means to grow a system, you have to get young talent. Houston's doing a good job of that right now, which is why its farm system is on the way up.

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