As any casual baseball fan can recall, the Houston Astros were a dreadful franchise for many years, as they shifted from the N.L. to the A.L. Losing over 105 games for three straight years. The clubs outlook was dismal, but, their future was beginning to brew in the minor leagues.
By stockpiling these high draft picks, they were able to build their core. For three straight years (2014-2016) they called up a top prospect (George Springer, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman). The first two are already All-Star level players, with Bregmam poised to follow suit. These guys are the can’t miss prospects, but the Astros also struck some luck.
Dallas Keuchel developed from a 7th round pick to the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner. Jose Altuve defied all odds, and was thrusted into the Astros system after a tryout (where he was originally sent home, but he came back anyway) and has proven to be an MVP candidate, who leads the A.L. in batting average at .356 (through July 29th). Now, you are seeing many teams trying to copy the Astros methods, such as the Braves and Phillies.
The ‘Stros are ready for a deep playoff run this year, and possibly a World Series Title in the near future.
By Dylan Zaccaria