Houston has compiled a major league-high 213 losses the past two seasons and is off to an 8-24 start this season.
Since this is a rebuilding season, the Astros will audition several young players. But the organization also will be patient with a few top prospects currently with the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
Jimmy Paredes, Trevor Crowe, Robbie Grossman and Brandon Laird already have earned promotions, in addition to five pitchers, including Jordan Lyles, who most likely will remain in Houston's rotation.
Three of the organization's top prospects currently with the RedHawks should make their major league debuts later this season.
Shortstop Jonathan Villar has hit .407 the past three weeks and has compiled 128 stolen bases the past three-plus years, including 10 this season with the RedHawks.
Jonathan Singleton, the organization's top prospect, is ranked No. 27 in the minors by Baseball America. Singleton probably will spend about a month in Oklahoma City, after he returns from a 50-game suspension for testing positive for marijuana, before joining the Astros in June.
Jarred Cosart is one of the organization's top pitchers. Armed with a 97 mph fastball, Cosart is off to a 3-0 start with a 2.63 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings. After some additional Triple-A seasoning, Cosart, who turns 23 later this month, could be plugged into Houston's rotation for years to come.
“We never really put timelines for any of these guys,” said Astros assistant general manager David Stearns. “There has to be a confluence of circumstances for somebody to get called up but he's certainly put himself in a very good position.”