Having a minor league system which exhibited dominance at the top six levels, the Houston Astros even made it a priority to leave players in Triple-A to enhance their playoff chances. Well, it didn’t exactly work. The strategy of leaving players in triple-A was flawed from the get-go since they called up players like Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Villar, who were crucial pieces of the Oklahoma City RedHawks team.
The top three minor league affiliates of the Astros have all been eliminated. That includes George Springer‘s Triple-A team getting swept in the opening series. Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks was bounced in their first series, and defending champion Advanced-A Lancaster JetHawks were bounced in their second series.
Single-A Quad City River Bandits, home of 19-year old short stop prodigy Carlos Correa, is currently two games up in the championship series, while Rookie League Tri-City Valley Cats have secured their team’s second championship in four years and the Greeneville Astros are currently in their championship series as well.
The good news embedded in all of this is that the Astros’ most recent draft picks are still either pursuing a championship or already have one. Guys like Mark Appel and Conrad Gregor have gotten a championship in their first year in the Astros organization, while guys like Correa and Rio Ruiz are in prime position to grab one likewise.
Despite their top three minor league level teams getting bounced, their system is still preforming solidly, with their most recent crop of draft picks taking home trophies.