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

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.”

by Michael Baldwin
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)



OKC RedHawks (Triple-A)



Corpus Christi (Double-A)



Lancaster (Advanced A)



Quad Cities (low Class A)



Tri-City (short season A)



Greeneville (rookie league)



Gulf Coast (rookie league)



Seven levels combined



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