The Houston Astros may be in the cellar right now, but they are rebuilding with the hope of making a playoff run in the next couple of years.
They have a handful of prospects developing in the minors that could be called up soon. Some guys have already made their debuts and have done quite well, such as shortstop Jonathan Villar and pitcher Jarred Cosart.
The Astros do have a couple of key pieces in place. Catcher Jason Castro and second baseman Jose Altuve are both All-Stars. They are the current core of the team and should stick around for a while.
The playoffs are not a realistic goal for Houston quite yet, but it will happen sooner than most people think.
In 2003, the Detroit Tigers had one of the worst seasons in MLB history. With a record of 43-119, they just missed out on breaking an infamous record. By 2006, however, Detroit won the American League pennant and appeared in the World Series. The Tigers had a handful of players that were on both the 2003 and 2006 rosters.
Bottom line, the Astros may be terrible this year—and possibly the year after that. However, Houston fans shouldn't give up just yet, because the Astros are making all the right moves to rebuild and get back to competing for a playoff spot.
Here are five guys on the team now who should be around for better days in Houston. That means these guys are a part of the future and won't get traded for more prospects before then, like ace Bud Norris and closer Jose Veras.