As the Astros perhaps put a cap on the consecutive #1 picks in the draft Thursday evening, the organization seems to finally be standing on its feet after years of having their legs knocked out from under them. Not running yet, but perhaps walking in the crawl, walk, run philosophy.
Here are some starters for your Free Blog Weekend conversation.
The Astros have two-thirds of a lineup.
- It hasn’t been long ago that many believed Houston had only one or two quality major league players. Now, with the recent additions of George Springer and Jonathan Singleton, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find the holes in the lineup. Yes, yes, they’re still some holes, but night-in-night-out, the Astros are able to field a competitive lineup. Especially 1-6.
What’s left at OKC?
- The major league club has robbed the heart of the batting order (Jonathan Singleton, George Springer) and a top pitcher (Collin McHugh), but there is still plenty of talent left to pluck. And, some holes left to fill through promotions over the next month. Realistically, these guys should see time in Houston before the summer is out: Michael Foltynewicz, Austin Wates, Domingo Santana and Nick Tropeano.
Want a preview of the 2017 rotation?
- Your guess is as good as the next guy, but barring major injury or significant free agent addition, it’s quite possible the Astros’ entire rotation will have grown up in the team’s minor league system. Of course, there were similar hopes when Roy Oswalt, Tim Redding, Wade Miller and Carlos Hernandez were at the top of the system. Make your own prediction for 2017, but it’s hard to argue against Jarred Cosart, Mark Appel, Lance McCullers, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh. Throw in Foltynewicz as closer and it’s quite impressive. Sure, you could pick a completely different starting five from the talent currently in the organization.
What else is on your mind?