It has been reported in several spaces that at this point in the season, the Astros' top four affiliates have the fourth-best combined record in baseball. It has been six years since the Astros' farm system experienced this much success in the win and loss columns. In 2006, all eight affiliates finished the season with a winning record and five of them made the play-offs. Three of those five advanced to their league's championship series and the AA Corpus Christi Hooks won the Texas League championship.
However, the seeds of a winning that were planted on the farm in 2006 didn't bear much fruit on the Major League level. Entering Tuesday night's game at San Diego, the Astros have played 898 games since the end of the 2006 season and won only 398- a .443 winning percentage.
The 2006 Farm:
AAA- Round Rock- 85-59- The Express advanced to the PCL Championship Series.
AA- Corpus Christi- 76-63- The Hooks won the Texas League Championship.
High A- Salem- 76-61- The Avalanche lost in the first round of the Carolina League play-offs.
Low A- Lexington-75-63- The Legends lost in the first round of the South Atlantic League play-offs.
Short Season- Tri-City, Greeneville, the DSL Astros and the Venezuelan League Astros all had winning records. Tri-City lost in the NYPL championship series.