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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 Mike Baldwin Published: April 3, 2013
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Jordan Lyles made 25 starts last season with Houston. John Ely, the 2012 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, was acquired in a trade with the Dodgers in the offseason.

The Astros have lost 213 games the past two seasons. Most analysts predict another 100-loss season. But Luhnow is optimistic about the long-term plan.

In 2011, the Astros had the worst winning percentage in minor league baseball. Last season the Astros rose all the way to No. 1. Oklahoma City contributed with a 78-65 record.

“To go worst to first, we have a lot of talent at the minor league level,” Luhnow said. “Eventually, they'll get to the big league level and we'll be winning with our own players. We're excited. That's how we'll ultimately win championships.”


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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