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)
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