True. If I'm remembering right, the 'Stros have the worst farm system in the majors, according to some experts. Their main problem is that their GM can't seem to get it through his head that this Astros team is far past it's expiration date and needs to be rebuilt. It's like he thinks that a Brett Meyers here and a Pedro Feliz there will make them contenders. Idiot.
If you asked me which Nationals farmhands have a 20% or higher chance of reaching the majors some day, I would probably list Strasburg, Storen, Espinosa, Burgess, Marrero, Kobernus, Meyers, Eury Perez, ... and so on. I don't know how long the list would be.
Now compare that to this.Houston-Nat's Comprehensive Guide to Astros Prospects with at Least a 20% Chance of Reaching the Major Leagues
1. Jason Castro. Projects to be an MLB-average catcher, possibly above average at the plate. Currently batting .244 at AAA, but with a .381 OBP. 23 years old.
2. Yorman Bazardo. Relief pitcher. 2009 major league stats: 7.99 ERA, 22 BB, 17 K. 25 years old.
3. Polin Trinidad. Starting pitcher at AAA doesn't project to be anything particularly special, but his 2.94 ERA at AA last year was the lowest in the Astros' minor league system. By a lot
. Last year between two levels of minor-league ball, a 112/35 K/BB.
4. Koby Clemens. Son of THAT guy. AA first baseman who hit 22 home runs last year and already has 9 this year. Has shown flashes of brilliance but not consistency.
5. Jordan Lyles. AA starting pitcher who has 31 Ks in 35 IP - at age 19. One of just two Astros, along with Castro, to make the Baseball America top 100 prospects.
That's it. Now, on the other hand, if you have ever wondered what happened to Gustavo Chacin, Roy Corcoran (11.12 ERA for the 2006 Nationals), Chris Shelton, or Gary Majewski, well, they're all playing for the AAA Round Rock Express.