HOUSTON It seems like several years of hard work by general manager Jeff Luhnow to build the Houston Astros farm system is paying off.

At least, that s what some baseball insiders think.

ESPN s Keith Law rated the Astros farm system the best in all of Major League Baseball, just ahead of the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2013, all six of the clubs minor league affiliates made the postseason, winning two championships.
Over the past two seasons (2012-13), the combined record of the Astros minor league clubs is tops in baseball. This represents a dramatic turnaround as the Astros minor league clubs had the worst combined record in baseball in both 2010 and 2011.

We have been focused on developing the best young talent in baseball in the past few years, Luhnow said. Our scouts, coaches, trainers and front office should be proud of the talent we have accumulated. The next step is to turn that into wins for the Houston Astros.

Seven of the team s best prospects were named to ESPN s Top 100 list of most talented prospects. Carlos Correa (#8), Mark Appel (#17), George Springer (#21) Jon Singleton (#50), Lance McCullers Jr. (#52), Mike Foltynewicz (#54) and Delino DeShields, Jr. (#66).

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