One of owner Jim Crane's first big decisions was finding a person to run the baseball operations side of the organization. He decided to give Jeff Luhnow his first opportunity as general manager back in December, and so far, the reviews are good.
Luhnow came over the from St. Louis Cardinals, where he served as vice president from 2003 to 2011. According to this article on USAtoday.com, he has experience in a number of areas the Astros were trying to improve upon.
He oversaw the draft for the Cardinals for a number of years and played an active role in player development. One of the reasons the Cardinals won the World Series was because of players that came up through their farm system.
He now has the challenging task of turning the Houston Astros into a winning organization and, hopefully, bringing them their first World Series pennant. These are the reasons why his plan is the right one to get them where they want to be.