It goes without saying as to the reason why, but Astros fans have spent a lot of their energy this season focusing on the minor leagues. When you root for a team that took a 41-82 record into Monday night’s game, it only makes sense.
Jarred Cosart (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
The majority of the Astros’ top prospects are in AA and below, so that is where the focus has been. George Springer has dominated this season, but he only made his way to Oklahoma City after appearing in the AA All-Star game. Springer was actually one of six Corpus Christi Hooks to make the All-Star team, while only two RedHawks were selected to the game. Jarred Cosart who was promoted to Houston about a month ago and reliever Jason Stoffel were the only two players chosen to represent the Astros’ top farm team.
Houston is a team in flux this season which means that there has been a consistent flow of players between Oklahoma City and Houston. That just makes this week’s stat that much more remarkable.
Entering Monday, Oklahoma City Has Won 15 Straight at Home.
Not only do the RedHawks have that impressive winning streak, but they have a 73-56 record and a six game lead. Asher Wojciechowski leads the team with eight wins and has a 3.52 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season. Josh Zeid and Jose Valdez are tied for the team lead with 13 saves, and Cosart had seven wins prior to his promotion.
Since he was promoted to the RedHawks, Springer has been nothing short of spectacular. In 49 games Springer is hitting .314 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI’s. Brett Wallace also righted the ship down in AAA this season batting .326 in 60 games.
Even though the major league team is not winning, it is nice to see success at every other level of the organization.