The 2013 MLB draft has come and gone again as each major league team hopes to have selected the next Hall of Famer. With the return of the draft, an increased focus is placed on each of the 30 franchise's farm systems to see how bright the future is.
The 2013 Houston Astros don't have much to be excited about, but coming up in the minor leagues is a bevy of young and talented players hoping to make their mark on the major league club. Through recent trades and drafts, general manager Jeff Luhnow has boosted the depth and talent level in what was not so long ago a deprived and dry farm system.
With the first overall pick in this year's draft, the Astros selected Stanford starting pitcher Mark Appel. It remains to be seen, of course, how Appel will adjust to the professional game. It's hard to tell how he'll fit in with the ranks of current Astros prospects, or how the other Astros draft picks will fit in, but we can readily anticipate their arrival to the professional game.
They, along with the already growing collection of potential superstars in the farm system, comprise one of the best top to bottom systems in the game, and we hope to see them all soon in Astros uniforms.