A decade ago, the Astros had one of the best minor league systems in the draft.
Yeah, but a decade ago, Pets.com, Ryan Leaf's pro future, and Enron were also sure things.
Houston's abject failure atop the major league draft over the past decade is one of many culprits for why the Astros are careening toward the franchise's first 100-loss season. Over the past decade, the club's success with first round selections has been as futile as CNN's attempt to topple Fox News.
As the Astros prepare for Monday's draft, let's take a look back at the decade that wasn't for Houston, along with a painful reminder of what the club could have had if not for owner Drayton McLane's rigid desire to pay draft picks according to slot.
In the words of famed "practical joker" Jigsaw, let the games begin...