Maybe you’re a Houston Astros fan who likes to worry. The kind of fan who wouldn’t be thrilled about the Astros clinching their fifth title in six years because you remember the old days when the Astros were losing 100 games or sweeping the Braves in the NLDS. The kind of fan who simply spends their time surviving the Golden Era of Houston Baseball while you wait for their boots to drop. The kind of fan who shakes your head at the Astros farm system being ranked 29 out of 30 by MLB.com. How long can the Astros simply expect to win the splits and make ALCS with a poorly judged farm system?
First, what you need to know about the Astros farm system is that it did what farm systems are supposed to do: Houston used it to provide major league talent either through trade or development. The Astros ranch system is ranked as low as it gets thanks to deals made by Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke in a span of two years. It’s low thanks to Jeremy Peña graduating from a potential squad to a perfectly acceptable short squad in the Major League. Nobody raises banners or throws rallies for owning the most famous farm system.