High expectations were placed on Delino DeShields Jr. and Mike Foltynewicz when they were drafted in the first round by the Astros last season, and while Foltynewicz did impress in spring training, one month into the season they've been underwhelming as a whole. Both of them are stationed in Lexington, and while they're flashing their raw talent, John Sickels says they're clearly far from finished prospects yet:â†µ
8) Delino DeShields, 2B, Houston Astrosâ†µ
Georgia prep with major league bloodlines is struggling so far: .200/.274/.307 for Low-A Lexington in the Sally League. Appears quite raw, has been caught stealing four times in ten attempts, has already made seven errors at second base, plate discipline poor.
19) Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Houston Astrosâ†µ
0-4, 5.86 ERA with 12/7 K/BB in 28 innings for Low-A Lexington, 30 hits allowed. Struggling thus far, but not out of expectation for an Illinois cold-weather high school guy who is just 19 years old. Reportedly very impressive in spring training.
Both of them are of course very young for their level, of course, but Astros fans shouldn't be hoping for a quick fix from the minors any time soon. The Astros farm system is concentrated in youth right now, and outside of Jordan Lyles, there doesn't seem to be much help coming up from the farm in the near future.â†µ