MLB.com will release their annual top 100 prospects rankings tonight, but they've already ranked their best-rated prospects at each position, and the Houston Astros are the only team to have two players, outfielder Kyle Tucker and right-handed pitcher Forrest Whitley, both rated at the top of their respective heaps.
Houston may not have the overall depth in their farm system like they once did, but it's still loaded with an immense amount of talent, led by Whitley and Tucker. Both are blue chip prospects who are well on their way to contributing to the big league club in 2019.
Whitley has "ace" written all over him. To go along with an upper-90s fastball, he possesses a wicked changeup and a devastating curveball and slider. He only made eight starts at Double-A last year because of a suspension, but in 26.1 innings of work he struck out 34 batters and allowed opposing hitters to hit just .160.
Tucker did make his big league debut last year, but he spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he slashed .332/.400/.590 with 54 extra-base hits (24 home runs), 93 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Yup, he's another five-tool player the Astros already have all over the diamond.