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Minor League Barometer: The Astros' Next Shooting Star

Jesse Siegel

Jesse Siegel

Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Nearing the halfway point of the season, the cream has risen to the top in 2014. Of those hot-shot prospects still in the minor leagues, the phenoms who have taken the biggest leaps this season are Joey Gallo, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Ben Lively and Michael Taylor. A few more less notable names moving in the positive direction are Peter O'Brien of the Yankees, Marco Gonzales of the Cardinals, Jose Berrios of the Twins and Daniel Norris of the Blue Jays.

Meanwhile, on the flip side? Mark Appel and Maikel Franco have been wildly disappointing. Rafael ...

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