In what was one of the best seasons in club history, the Corpus Christi Hooks were eliminated last night from the Class AA playoffs after being swept 3-0 by the Frisco Rough Riders (AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers). Frisco will play either the Tulsa Drillers (AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) or the Springfield Cardinals (AA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals) in the league championship series next week.
Most of the top prospects within the Astros organization found their way to Corpus Christi this season. The exception of course, being the 2012 draft class and Delino DeShields Jr. However, names like Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton, Jonathan Villar, George Springer, Robbie Grossman, Asher Wojciechowski and many more called Corpus Chrisit home at parts of this season. Of the names I mentioned, Cosart, Singleton, Villar and Wojciechowski will all likely begin the 2013 campaign in AAA Oklahoma City while Grossman and Springer stay behind in Corpus and welcome some new faces.
This season was a breath of fresh air for the Astros minor league system and the Hooks were one of the teams to reap the rewards. Ever since the Hunter Pence trade in July 2011, our farm system has been infused with top talent all across the board. The Hooks seemed to be the primary benefactors of the trades completed this year by new General Manager, Jeff Luhnow. After several seasons of having a terrible minor league organization, the Astros had one of the best this year. The Hooks were eliminated from the playoffs last night, however, Class High A Lancaster and the Tri City Valley Cats are still alive in the playoff hunt. Class AAA Oklahoma City and Class Low A Lexington just missed out on the playoffs but still had solid seasons this year.
Jeff Luhnow’s plan of infusing talent all over the Astros system has truly been successful. If the recent success of our minor league teams is a sign of things to come, then we are all in for a great ride once the young talent starts reaching Houston in bunches.