RedHawks' parent club Houston Astros building around youth

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will earn more this season than the Houston Astros' entire 25-man roster.
by Michael Baldwin Published: April 3, 2013
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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez ($29 million) will earn more this season than Houston's entire 25-man roster.

The Astros' payroll is $27.3 million but actually is closer to $20 million. Houston is still paying for a couple of former players, including $5 million to pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, now with Pittsburgh.

Second-year Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow is building around youth. Six of the Astros' top 30 prospects will begin the season with the RedHawks, who open the season Thursday night at Memphis.

“We consider the RedHawks as an extension of the Houston Astros,” Luhnow said. “We keep 25 here and we have another 25 there. Nearly every player in Oklahoma City we feel has a chance to make it here at some point the next couple of years.”

The Astros' top prospect, first baseman Jonathan Singleton, is ranked No. 27 overall in minor league baseball. Singleton, though, will start the season serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.

Other top 20 prospects opening in OKC include pitcher Jared Cosart, shortstop Jonathan Villar, outfielder Robbie Grossman and pitcher Brett Oberholtzer.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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Winning percentages of Astros' farm teams

Last season, the Houston Astros had the top winning percentage in all of baseball among its minor league teams after finishing 30th, dead last, in 2011.

Minor league affiliate (level)

W-L

Pct.

OKC RedHawks (Triple-A)

78-65

.545

Corpus Christi (Double-A)

81-59

.579

Lancaster (Advanced A)

74-66

.529

Quad Cities (low Class A)

69-69

.500

Tri-City (short season A)

51-25

.671

Greeneville (rookie league)

36-32

.529

Gulf Coast (rookie league)

28-31

.474

Seven levels combined

417-347

.546

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