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As the minor league season winds down, we begin a new series in the prospect section of Hardballchat. We are looking at each team’s starting lineup of the future. The rules are pretty simple here. Each player on the list must at least retain their rookie status for the 2013 season and instead of specific spots for outfielders we will just take the top three guys. Included in the table below you will see their rankings among the organization according to Baseball Prospecus, Baseball America, and Some players will have asterisks by their name. Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America do their rankings at the beginning of the season while updates them every time there is a trade. Players with asterisks next to them indicate the ranking they had with the sending organization. Finally, you will see a column indicating how they were acquired. The letter D indicates that they were drafted, T indicates they were acquired via trade, and I indicates they were an international free agent.   Age Level How BP BA MLB POS C Carlos Perz 21 A+ T 19 NR 15 NR 1B Jonathan Singleton 20 AA T 3 1 1 1 2B Delino Deshields 20 A+ D 8 8 10 7 3B Matt Dominguez 22 AAA T 6* 4* 4 7 SS Jonathan Villar 21 AA T 5 4 5 NR OF George Springer 22 AA D 2 3 3 NR OF Domingo Santana 20 A+ T 6 6 12 NR OF Robbie Grossman 22 AA T 6* 8* 17 NR SP Jarred Cosart 22 AAA T 1 2 2 NR Carlos Perez– Catcher Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus indicated to me that he thought there was a very good chance that Perez would be the best player of any that the Astros acquired this season via trade. He is a catcher that can hit and we all know how rare those are. Those that want to see Perez up soon have to cool their heals. Most catchers take longer to develop and like most young catchers, he needs to work on his receiving skills. Still, it was crucial for the Astros to acquire some young catching. Jonathan Singleton– First Base I’m a huge Singleton fan, but then again there are a lot of scouts that are. He is rated as the number one first base prospect in baseball and this season has largely been successful. We must remember that he went from a hitter’s paradise in Lancaster to a pitcher’s park in Corpus Christi. Still, he is on pace to hit 20 home runs for the season and could be the opening day first baseman in 2013. Delino Deshields– Second Baseman Deshields opened the season and the seventh best second base prospect in baseball. He might be the top one entering 2013. He just got promoted to Lancaster, so it is likely that he will open the season there next year. He has plenty of upside as most scouts give him a seven in the speed grade (eight is elite) and say he should develop some pop in the future. Right now, he has more upside than Jose Altuve, but the Astros will be patient with him. Matt Dominguez– Third Baseman Think of Dominguez as the mirror image of Roger Dorn from Major League. His desire is questionable just like Corbin Bernsen’s character and he struggles in one major facet of the game. Yet, in this case it is offense. Dominguez is a borderline Gold Glove quality catcher, but he simply hasn’t evolved offensively. He rarely strikes out and has some pop, so there is still hope, but he might not be more than a stopgap type of player. Jonathan Villar– Shortstop Paul Bear Bryant once said that “potential means they ain’t done nothing yet.” That described Villar coming into the season. He has elite defensive tools and has enough natural power and speed to be dangerous. He hadn’t shown any consistency in any of those areas coming into the season, but he has shown flashes this year. Baseball Prospectus rated his 2012 season (he is currently disabled) as above average defensively for the first time in his career. Before his hand injury, he was hitting with more power and even drawing a few more walks. The next step will be for him to cut down on the strikeouts. George Springer– Outfield Springer is a more advanced version of Jonathan Villar. He has elite skills all across the board, but he swings and misses way too often. The difference is that he started producing from the word go and has now been promoted to Corpus Christi. It says here that 2013 is a little too early to be seeing him, but he could become a significant factor in 2014. Domingo Santana– Outfield Santana produced one home run and ten RBIs in the month of April. At the last prospect update, he had 18 home runs and 82 RBIs. That means he’s had 17 home runs and 72 RBIs since May 1st. For the math impaired that is not quite three and a half months. So, while we can expect some fallback once he leaves Lancaster, he has been more productive lately than his overall numbers would suggest. Robbie Grossman– Outfield I could have gone with Austin Wates, but I personally believe that Grossman has more of a future. He can play each of the corner outfield positions in addition to center and he has the one skill that makes me drool: patience. He was the first minor leaguer to score more than 100 runs and draw more than 100 walks in a season in 2011. He scored a whopping 127 runs that season. He is on pace to score only 80 runs this season with only 80 walks. That’s terrible in a 142 game season. Jarred Cosart– Pitcher Jason Parks from BP told us at the Houston event that Jarred Cosart was the best pitcher he saw in the Futures Game a couple of years back. His stuff consistently sits in the mid to high 90s, but he has not dominated like many thought he would. His stuff is too visible and doesn’t have a lot of movement. Still, he has a very good curve ball and a developing change. He might end up being one of those pitchers that pitches better in the big leagues than he does in college. He’s not an elite prospect like a Dylan Bundy or Trevor Bauer, but he’s in the next group of young pitchers.

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