The accolades keep rolling in for the Astros minor league system.
First, MLBpipeline.com had seven Astros prospects ranked in their Top 100 prospects list heading into the 2014 season, now ESPN’s Keith Law ranked the Astros No. 1 as the best minor league system in baseball.
The Astros have had the top overall pick in each of the last two drafts, but have also built their organizational depth through picks gained with free agent departures and trades the last few years. Those moves helped stock a minor league system that had six affiliates reach the playoffs last year.
Law specifically cited the organization’s depth, in addition to top-end talent, as the main reason why he named the Astros as the best minor league system this year.
The system started feeding its top prospects to the Astros last year in pitchers Jarred Cosart and Brett Oberholtzer, and is expected to continue to produce players to the Major Leagues again in 2014 with players like outfielder George Springer and first baseman Jonathan Singleton on track to reach Houston this year.