It’s really a disturbing trend. The Houston Astros are rebuilding, as they have been for the past five years. In order to rebuild, they need to properly evaluate talent so they can be sure who is major league worthy and who can be parted with. Well, unfortunately for them, they’ve been getting a few guys horribly wrong.
The first name that stands out is Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who went from a call-up/send-down guy with the Astros to the National League batting champ with his new squad. Johnson and Brett Wallace were one in the same when in Houston, so the fact that Johnson left and became one of the best hitters in the majors is mildly disturbing.
The latest name to join that trend is J.D. Martinez. Martinez was always a pretty good hitter for the Astros. He always hit above .250, and his power was starting to develop nicely. Well, now he’s a Detroit Tiger, and he’s thriving.
Martinez was called up recently, following a stint in Triple-A where he hit .308 with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in just 65 at-bats. That kind of power is exactly what the Astros were hoping, rather unsuccessfully, to get out of Chris Carter. Not only that, but Martinez was raised through the Astros’ system.
Obviously the Astros can’t get every single player right, but it’s still unfortunate to see such talent on other teams that could still be on the Astros, propelling them through this rebuilding phase. Maybe it comes down to coaching, but who knows? Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen much more.