All Things Astros and a whole lot more
First thought: The Astros are 66-83 with 13 games to play. If the season ended today, the organization would draft second, eighth and 31st in 2015. The first 11 picks are protected.
Jeff Luhnow’s blueprint is centered around rebuilding the organization through the draft. Once the minor leagues are sufficiently seeded, he intends to fill in the gaps and add other key hitters and pitchers through free agency, trades and other acquisitions.
Despite the last 2-3 drafts — and the jury is still out on 2012-14 for the most part — there is not much to shout about from 2005-2011. In fact, there’s not even much to whisper about!
Here’s a quick synopsis of the drafts beginning with the team’s World Series year. The number in parentheses represents the number of players drafted by the Astros (in the entire draft!) who have seen any time in the majors (for any team).
Since the lists are so short, the names are included.
Too early to judge the 2010 and 2011 drafts completely? Perhaps, especially when you consider that some teams have worse “records” while others are marginally better.
Still, it puts the focus on the crap shoot that is the draft and perhaps adds question marks to some of those players in Dan’s entry over the weekend. Is Foltynewicz really a top prospect? Will Jon Singleton actually make it in the big leagues despite top notch showings at most every level of the minors? Barring major injuries, Carlos Correa and Mark Appel should be shoo-ins, but what about Domingo Santana, Delino Deshields Jr., Colin Moran, Vincent Velasquez and others?
That the draft is, indeed, such an iffy proposition is another reason that Luhnow is gambling on higher picks. He’s traded for a competitive balance pick for a second year in a row. He selected Derek Fisher in June with the pick from the Orioles in the Bud Norris trade. Just recently, he sent Jarred Cosart to Miami for Moran (last year’s #6 pick) and the Marlins’ competitive balance pick (#31) next June. That will give Houston three of the top 31 picks and that certainly raises the potential success rate for a draft.
In case you’re wondering, six players taken in the first round of the 2012 draft are in the majors today. None of the Astros’ picks from that entire draft have made the jump yet.
Just for fun, here’s where Sunday’s starting lineup was drafted and when they made their debut:
Most fans and even media are high on several players and it would probably be shocking if this Top 10 didn’t get at least a cup of coffee. So, let’s change the perspective a bit while continuing the prospect conversation.