By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on September 2, 2014
For many franchises, the end of the season is a time to look back at how well the season went and what changes need to be made to have a better future. There are other teams that want to look forward at their bright futures. Here are five organizations that have positive futures in front of them.
Since their World Series appearance in 2005, the Houston Astros have been one of the worst franchises in baseball. One hundred-loss seasons have become a regularity. But when George Springer was healthy, he showed plenty of promise. With a stacked farm system behind Springer, the future looks to be much better than their most recent past.
This season, the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation was not only decimated with injuries, but their duo of Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo rarely saw time in the same lineup. With a season of health and the promotion of top pitching prospect Archie Bradley, the Diamondbacks could be a force to be reckoned with in 2015.
Like the Diamondbacks, the Rockies were ravished with injuries. They lost top players like Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki for long periods of time. Their lineup is filled with .300 hitters playing in hitter-friendly Coors field. With pitchers Jon Gray and Eddie Butler nearing promotions, they could move from an offensive juggernaut to a solid all-around team.
After spending years overachieving and being on top of the American League Central, the Minnesota Twins have come down to earth in recent years. Top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano have drawn comparisons to Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera, and are expected to immediately pay dividends when finally promoted. Target field has not seen much winning, but with the talent in the Twins' system, that should change very soon.
The Chicago Cubs have already shown why their future is bright over the last few weeks. Javier Baez and Jorge Soler have joined Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo in the heart of the lineup. Players like Kris Bryant and Addison Russell may be even better. Chicago's history has been futile, but their future looks to be more promising than ever before.
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