The Fresno Grizzlies will go into 2017 with a roster full of talented and major league ready talent.
When the Astros hired Jeff Luhnow to be the team’s General Manager in 2011, the team began an era of rebuilding. Luhnow made it a point to stock up on prospects and rebuild from the ground up. Many of the prospects he gathered in those first few years have now reached the point in their careers where they are ready to make the jump to the bigs.
However, with the 2017 team being set, many of those players will be at Triple-A Fresno, where they will attempt to prove their worth, and this bodes well for Grizzlies fans. On many teams, these players would be starting. Championship teams are built on adding depth in the minor league system and big league roster.
Luhnow can use this depth to fill a need towards the trade deadline. Until then, these players will get a chance to play for the Astros at some point. The big difference is, this team has options if a player is not performing well.