This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The Houston Astros did not need a shortstop when they drafted Alex Bregman with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2015 draft. After all, the 'Stros have a budding superstar in Carlos Correa currently manning the position at the big league level. In addition, Correa is actually six months older younger than Bregman. Nevertheless, a team can never have too much talent or depth. Likewise, taking the best player available, as opposed to drafting for need, is a preferred strategy, at least in my humble opinion.
Bregman has been tormenting Double-A pitching this season to the tune of .321/.424/.679 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 28 games. Houston has had struggles filling the third base spot in the majors, leading the club to begin playing Bregman at third base in Double-A. Assuming underwhelming first-round pick Colin Moran is not the answer, Bregman should be playing the hot corner for the Astros by the summer. Houston will be rewarded for taking the best player available despite not necessarily having a need at that position.
Let's take a look at the rest of the prospect landscape in this edition of the Minor League Barometer.
Peter O'Brien, OF, ARI – If O'Brien played for an organization residing in the American League, he would likely be in the big leagues. However, he is still learning to play the outfield, and the Diamondbacks already are playing several former infielders there (Yasmany Tomas, Chris Owings and Brandon Drury,