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Prime Nine: Top Nine Houston Astros Prospects to Watch in 2012
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Jose Altuve went from A ball to the big leagues in the same season.

Watching a 100 loss team is about as painful experience as one can find in sports. Yet, the great thing about baseball is that each team has a farm system with young players fans can look forward to watching some day. 2012 will probably be another rough season for Astros fans, but there is some excitement on the horizon.

In this slide show we will look at the most promising prospect at each position who has not appeared in Houston yet. Some of these players have been here awhile and some literally less than a month.

Just remember that Jose Altuve was an obscure second baseman in Lancaster when the season began. One monster campaign later and he appears to be the second baseman of the future. The same could be said for J.D. Martinez in left field. So, hope springs eternal even if we haven't seen much cause for it. When the big club gets bludgeoned again, be sure to check the minor league box scores for these names.

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