According to Baseball America, six of the Houston Astros' top 20 prospects are on the RedHawks' roster.
No. 1 prospect — outfielder Jonathan Singleton — must serve a 50-game suspension to start the season for violating minor league baseball's drug policy, according to ESPN.com.
Fifteen players spent time with the RedHawks last season, but only five originally were drafted or signed by the Astros.
Nearly half of the current roster (12 players) came via trades, including five players acquired since Jeff Luhnow was named Astros general manager a year ago. Half the roster wasn't with the organization before last season.
No. Name (age); highest level last season
6 C.J. Fick (27); Houston (Majors)
13 Jarred Cosart (22); Oklahoma City (AAA)
14 Jordan Lyles (22); Houston (Majors)
16 Wes Musick (26); Oklahoma City (AAA)
18 Dallas Keuchel (25); Houston (Majors)
21 Paul Clemens (25); Oklahoma City (AAA)
23 John Ely (26); LA Dodgers (Majors)
26 Josh Zeid (26); Corpus Christi (AA)
28 Brett Oberholtzer; Okla. City (AAA)
31 Jose Cisnero (23); Oklahoma City (AAA)
33 Kevin Chapman (25); Corpus Christi (AA)
47 Jose Valdez (30); Houston (Majors)
48 Rudy Owens (25); Oklahoma City (AAA)
Talented Staff: Eight starters will piggyback in a four-man rotation. Jordan Lyles started 25 games for the Astros. John Ely was the PCL Pitcher of the Year last season as a member of the Dodgers organization. Jarred Cosart is one of the Astros' top prospects who eventually could become a fixture in Houston's rotation. Jose Cisnero possesses dazzling stuff and might emerge as the best of the group. Jose Valdez recorded 21 saves with the RedHawks last season.
9 Jason Jaramillo (30); Sacramento (AAA)
19 Cody Clark (31); Omaha (AAA)
Two veterans: Cody Clark and Jason Jaramillo are veteran stopgaps while catchers develop at lower levels. Jaramillo, who played at Oklahoma State, hit .237 with Double-A and Triple-A teams in the Brewers and A's systems last year. Clark played a backup role for the Royals' Triple-A team in Omaha.
1 Jose Martinez (27); Oklahoma City (AAA)
2 Jonathan Villar (21); Corpus Christi (AA)
4 Brandon Laird (25); Houston (Majors)
10 Jake Elmore (25); Arizona (Majors)
25 Marc Krauss (25); Oklahoma City (AAA)
New faces: SS Jonathan Villar, a top prospect, stole 39 bases in Double-A. The Astros claimed Elmore off waivers. Elmore, who can play second base, short and third, was a 34th round draft choice who hit .344 at Triple-A Reno last year. Elmore earned a late-season call up with the Diamondbacks, who couldn't keep him on their 40-man roster. 2B Jose Martinez hit .304 with 13 HRs, 75 RBIs in Double-A. 3B Brandon Laird, Gerald's brother, had 15 HRs and 77 RBIs with the Yankees Triple-A team. Mark Krauss (.271, 20 HRs, 79 RBIs) spent most of last season with Mobile, Arizona's Double-A team.
3 Robbie Grossman (22); Corpus Christi (AA)
5 Che-Hsuan Lin (24); Boston (Majors)
8 Trevor Crowe (29); Salt Lake (AAA)
15 Jake Goebbert (25); Oklahoma City (AAA)
17 Jimmy Paredes (24); Houston (Majors)
More new faces: Jimmy Paredes, who was moved from infield to center, is the lone holdover. Paredes (37 stolen bases) will play in right this season. Robbie Grossman, a former Pirates' sixth round pick in 2008, has a knack of getting on base (career .365). Grossman, a center fielder, moves up to Triple-A with a chance to prove he can be part of the Astros' future plans. Jake Goebbert hit .304 in Double-A before a late-season promotion. The other two OFs come from other organizations. Trevor Crowe originally started in Cleveland's system. Lin hit .247 last year for Boston's Triple-A team in Pawtucket.
BY MIKE BALDWIN