December 22, 2016
Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects
The State of the System: The Astros may lack for close-to-majors prospects, but they do not lack for prospects.
The Top Ten
The Big Question: How do you convert minor-league talent into MLB production?
It’s amazing how relatively quick the process of rebuilding can be if you commit to it—I mean, really commit to it—and the Astros did nothing if not jump in with both feet. Ownership slashed total payroll expenditures by 15 percent in 2011, then lopped another $17 million off the big-league bill in 2012 on the heels of finishing 40 games out. And then, The Great Bottoming Out in 2013: The franchise cut its big-league player budget by more than half and spent all of Jason Heyward’s 2016 salary on its entire roster, losing 111 games for its trouble and securing its third consecutive top overall pick in the draft.