It's the second straight year Luhnow has made key July deals. A year ago, Luhnow acquired several players, including Matt Dominquez, now Houston's starting third baseman, Wojciechowski and outfielder Robbie Grossman, who hit his first major league homer Wednesday night.
In the Norris trade, Luhnow landed two of the Orioles top 10 prospects: outfielder L.J. Hoes and 19-year-old left-hander Josh Hader. Hoes switched dugouts at Camden Yards and was in the Astros starting lineup. Hader is in Class A. In the deal with Kansas City, the Astros acquired a Class A pitcher.
Baseball executives agree Luhnow and the Astros are headed in the right direction.
“The Astros future is bright, but there will be growing pains,” said RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco. “If people think a kid with 100 major league at bats is going to impact the game every night it's not going to happen. It takes years of getting at bats, guys getting comfortable.”