Marc Hulet writes about prospects for FanGraphs and also writes for MLBtraderumors and ProspectInsider. For the month of September, Hulet tweeted one reason per day why to support the Astros during rebuilding. Here, I have compiled all 30 reasons and added my thoughts.
26. – 30. Love the Brandon Barnes shout-out. He deserved it with the way he mastered center-field. The Astros also added another international signee the other day, Bryan De La Cruz.
21. – 25. The Astros catching depth is definitely something nice to see. I believe the first-round pick acquired in the Orioles trade was the key part of the Bud Norris trade.
16. – 20. I’d much rather be the team we are now with a bright future rather than the 2007 squad with solid talent but a bleak future (hence where we are now). The Blue Jays/Astros trade looks like a huge coup for Luhnow.
11. – 15. Such great pitching depth in the farm system. There will be many spring training battles for rotation spots over the next several years. Besides for the depth itself, there are also pitchers with #1 or #2 pitcher upside. Appel, McCullers, Foltynewicz, and Rodon?
6. – 10. This is where some of the front office members that are no longer with the Astros should receive some credit. Ed Wade and Bobby Heck seemed to pick the right player in George Springer. Wade also received Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart in the Hunter Pence trade. Along with those two, Josh Zeid (currently on the Astros) and Domingo Santana (promising prospect at Double-A) were in the trade as well. Astros fans like to dog on the previous front office but those guys will be given their props when these players start performing the next several seasons.
1. – 5. I will agree that Jason Castro is one of the best catchers in baseball. It seems like the Astros agree because there are some rumblings about a possible extension.
It seems like Hulet covered most of the reasons to continue supporting the Astros. The Astros are in a great position to succeed likely from the 2015/2016 season and onwards. Bo Porter and his staff are a smart group of coaches with a creative way of motivating their players. Jeff Luhnow has done a great job completely rebuilding the franchise. He traded away his older talent for pieces that will help the next Astros playoff team. He has shed payroll and now the Astros will be able to add talent via free agency to a team filled with successful young players that he or Ed Wade acquired in the last several years.
In Luhnow We Trust
What do you think Astros fans? Did Hulet miss any key reasons? Sound off in the comments below.
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