Astros' prospects begin reporting to minicamp
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Shortstop Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft, and top prospect Jonathan Singleton were among 20 players who reported to the Minor League complex Thursday in advance of the start of Friday's minicamp.
"We want them to start working with the new coaches and just get them prepped for their season," director of player development Quinton McCracken said. "Of course, we have a nice blend of top talent in the system. We want to get those kids in and get them going and working with the new staff."
The pitchers invited to camp were right-handers Ruben Alaniz, Mike Foltynewicz, David Martinez, Lance McCullers Jr., Brady Rodgers, Nick Tropeano, Vincent Velasquez, Aaron West and Asher Wojciechowski. Left-hander Brian Holmes is also on the roster.
The catchers are Tyler Heineman, Jobduan Morales and Roberto Pena, and the infielders are Correa, Chase Davidson, Nolan Fontana, Jonathan Meyer, former first-round pick Jio Mier, Rio Ruiz and Singleton. No outfielders were officially invited, but Michael Burgess, Telvin Nash and Ruben Sosa reported early and may blend into the program.
The full Minor League camp begins March 3, when pitchers and catchers work out. Position players work out for the first time March 7, and Minor League games begin March 14.