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Houston has a Plan, Not a Problem

This year the Astros have been a Cinderella story in MLB. As the 2015 season runs down, the Astros seem to be running down as well. Still, they can, with the final series to go in the 2015 season, make the play-offs.
Altuve_Wallpaper_01But the Astros did not think this kind of success was going to happen. So, lets put this into perspective. In the division, they were picked last by most people in the know. They had Jose Altuve, and a bunch of kids.

The American League West as a whole has been a dissapointment. The Oakland tore it down once again in the off-season, but such a high turnover rate cost them this year. They were slow out of the gate, and never caught up. The Mariners have underachieved one again, even with the addition of slugger Nelson Cruz. The Angels had a front office scuffle, lost C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker has been inconsistent and Jared Weaver has struggled to throw the ball more than 90 MPH. Plus, Mike Trout has only been average, not Mike Trout. Texas lost almost all of their starting pitchers including Yu Darvish. Then they traded for Cole Hamels got Derick Holland back, got gave up little in trades for Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli and with those additions in a weak division were able to make a late season run.
But, the Astros do have a plan, a minor league plan. Houston has 7 minor league affiliates and 6 of then have reached the play-offs in their respected leagues. The only team the Astros have that did not make the play-offswas their rookie League Gulf Coast team in Kissimmee Florida.FresnoGrizzlies
Starting with the class AAA Pacific Coast League Fresno Grizzlies where they won the Northern Division Title. Their 1st one since of 1998. They closed out the regular season with a 20-4 August record. They then went on to become the Gildan Triple-A National Champions.
CCHooksTheir AA Texas League South Division was won by the Astros Corpus Christi Hooks. The team won 89 games in so becoming only the 2nd team in the last 20 years to win that many games.
In Class A, the Astros are represented in the California League’s Southern Division by the Lancaster JetHawks who earned a Wild Card birth in their league.

The Quad Cities in Davenport, Iowa in the Midwest League. The tri-city in Troy New York of the short season New York Penn League. As well as the Rookie Level Application League team the Tennessee Astros all also made it to the play-offs in each of their leagues.

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