Why Deplete the MLB’s Best Minor League System?
Jun 6, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Houston Astros starting pitcherBrett Oberholtzer
(39) is relieved by Houston Astros managerA.J. Hinch
(14) during the fourth inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
When talking about possible trades, for any player, Astros fans and management have to be realistic. As great as this run has been so far, did we really expect it? I definitely would say no that. Last season, Sports Illustrated called the Astros the 2017 World Series Champions. Ever since then, I think a lot of Astros fans have bought into that motto. This team is competing really well right now, better than anyone could have projected, but it’s scary to think how good they will be in the years to come.
Ever since Jim Crane bought the team and brought Jeff Luhnow on board to handle baseball operations, this organization has been built from the minor leagues on up. The Astros now without a doubt have the best farm system in baseball and are poised to see all of their top prospects in the majors in the next couple of years. I know I’m going on a bit of a narrative here, but I’ve got a point.
The players down at AA Corpus Christi and AAA Fresno have been winning together for a few years now, and have a nice routine and winning culture in place. As an Astros fan, I wouldn’t want to see that get broken up because of a 2015 Astros team that’s playing out of their minds and reaching the point that Astros fans thought this team would reach two-or-three years from now.
From an Astros fan who’s been following this team since they hit rock bottom, I want to see Jeff Luhnow’s masterpiece come into place. I want to see guys like Tony Kemp, Mark Appel, Brett Phillips, and Domingo Santana wearing an Astros uniform for many years to come along with the players who are already great on the Astros.
Carlos Correa, George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel mixed in with the top prospects we have on the way is a dangerous machine that doesn’t need to be broken apart and re-assembled just to lease a pitcher for a few months. No offense to Scott Kazmir, I think he’s a great pitcher for the A’s and would love to see him pitch for the Houston Astros. But don’t worry, we’ll get him in free agency.
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