The Astros have had a tough week, dropping seven straight including a pair of extra-inning affairs. So, as I’ve been known to suggest, let’s take a look at some of the positives. The minor leagues are the theme of this weekend’s links.
"Short-season State College’s loss to Tri-City in the deciding game of the New York-Penn League finals broke the Cardinals’ five-year streak of having at least one minor league champion each season."
"The Houston Astros are on their final road trip of the year as they prepare to wrap up their less-than-stellar season. But fans continue to be hopeful for next year, as players in the Astros minor-league system start to show promise."
"I’ll remember David Martinez, TL Pitcher of the Year. Now 26, he was signed by the Astros at 17 as a non-drafted free agent. A product of the team’s Venezuelan Academy, Martinez made his MLB debut August 21."
"“We do expect this next year to be a substantial step forward in terms of the results on the field at the big league level,” Luhnow said. “That’s what we’ve been working toward, and it will be rewarding to see that actually come to fruition. I think our fans have been very, very patient, and they deserve to see that next year.”"