Sep 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second basemanJose Altuve
(27) gets a single during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park. Altuve sets a club record with his 211th hit of the season. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The 2014 season for the Astros was one that was deemed a success, even though they only won 70 games, and lost 92. This was the year that the Astros crawled out of the bottom of the barrel, breaking their streak of three consecutive 100+ loss seasons. Now it’s time to look back at what made 2014 a season that got Astros fans excited for years to come.
The start of 2014 was quiet for the Astros as they had a very busy month of December to end 2013 by signing Chad Qualls, Scott Feldman, Matt Albers, and Jesse Crain while trading away Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes to the Rockies for Dexter Fowler, and also trading a prospect to San Diego for Jesus Guzman. The departure of Jordan Lyles was an unexpected move for the Astros as he was a top prospect the moment he was drafted, and somebody that people expected to see in an Astro uniform for years to come. Non-Roster Invitees for Spring Training were announced, leaving Astros fans wondering if any top prospects could crack the Opening Day roster.