As a lifelong Astros Fan this sucks so bad. We had awesome stretch from the late 90s with Hampton,Lima,and the Killer B's all the way through 2006 with Roger clemens,Roy O, and Andy leading a devastating pitching staff. The reason for all this is Drayton Mclane and his refusal to go over slot to sign draft picks bc he didn't want to piss off his buddy bud selig who hated teams that did that.
The team is bad and I'm ok with it now bc I see an awesome team on the horizon and with how MLB contracts are structured it will be another decade of success when their batting order in 2016 is
LF-Delino Deshields JR - stole 101 bases this yr
2B-Jose Altuve - All Star 2b puts ball in play often
SS-Carlos Correa - #1 pick, some say .300 hitter with power
1B-Jonathan Singleton - 30+homer potential 1b
CF-George Springer - 20/20 guy
RF - Domingo Santana-another 6'5 power bat
DH-Chris Carter-30 HR potential
3B-Rio Ruiz -power hitter we stole from USC
C-Jason Castro-garbage but few catchers arent
If that lineup pans out watch the F out, that will be one heck of a Killer B's type lineup with speed on top, a #2 hitter who puts the ball in play followed by 5-6 20+ hr guys with a few who may hit 30....again if it pans out....but ill take that vs years of battling for mediocrity signing crap like Woody Williams,Carlos Lee, and Jason Jennings.
We have the #1 pick again this year and possibly the #1 or #2 pick again next year. Add Mark Appel + another #1 pick + let's say 2 big time free agent pitchers bc now we have a young payroll that isn't costly....so 2 veteran pitchers +
and a stud closer in Lance McCullers...some had him @#1 last yr but he fell bc of signability issues
and houston has a ballclub! Now ideally that's if all those guys pan out which will not happen, but one can dream