Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Jonathan Mayo's Top 10 Prospects

MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo drops his Top 10 Astros prospect list, and he kind of takes a dump on Keith Law's Top 10 list. Here's the short version:

1. Jordan Lyles - Even if he goes back to Triple-A, he'll be in Houston at some point in 2011.
2. Delino DeShields - He should hit the ground running with Class A Lexington this year.
3. Jonathan Villar - He has a plus arm and range, and can steal bases, but he's still very raw, striking out too much and making mistakes in the field as well.
4. Mike Foltynewicz - All he needs is experience to refine his stuff, and he has the chance to be a frontline starter in the future.
5. Jiovanni Mier - Now with Villar to push him, it will be interesting to see what year No. 2 has to offer.
6. Tanner Bushue - All of his pitches show flashes. Added consistency, and strength, should help him move up the ladder.
7. Ariel Ovando - He's just 17, and Astros fans will likely get to see him at a short-season club this summer.
8. J.D. Martinez - Even if he starts back in Double-A, Martinez could help out in Houston by the end of the season.
9. Jimmy Paredes - A switch-hitter, he's largely played second base, but a now-healed shoulder should allow him to play on the left side of the infield in 2011, as he moves up to the California League.
10. Austin Wates - He may not have a ton of power, but his speed should make him a good basestealer. It also should allow him to play a decent center field.