Seeing Keith Law rank the Astros’ farm system as the best in baseball (you need to be an ESPN Insider to read the full article), is some retribution for the past few years of suffering. Prior to Jeff Luhnow coming in and hitting reset on the Astros’ organizational path, Houston was caught in mediocrity and was lucky to just be treading water.
All of the losing the Astros have done in the past few years is finally starting to pay off. While it should be a foregone conclusion that this would lead to a stacked farm system, that is not always the case. Houston had top draft choices, but they used them wisely in stocking up their stable of prospects.
The other thing that, even though it has been difficult at times, is that trading away veterans like the Astros did has set them up for success in the future. Granted this is not a guarantee of future success, but this is yet another indication that the future looks bright for the Astros.
On the other hand, the Astros have done everything they needed to do to restock what was a few years ago the worst system in the majors, like exceeding MLB’s recommended signing bonuses for Lance McCullers Jr. and Rio Ruiz in 2012, or landing prospects like Jonathan Singleton, Domingo Santana and Asher Wojciechowski in trades.