Originally written on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/10/14
It was a random Sunday tweet from a Houston Astros follower, destined to be lost among the volumes of Twitter noise – except I couldn’t forget it. “All Astros farm teams at .500 or better. Hasn’t happened in a long time.” Player development is the main priority in all organizations, but playing winning baseball is important, too. Of course, it would be ridiculous to declare victory this early for new Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow. It will require more than two months to repair years of damage. It takes time to fill a player pipeline that was short of impact talent. Still, winning records indicate progress. Back here, with the system that Luhnow played a major hand in building, the four full-season Cardinals minor league clubs are not doing as well. Injuries in St. Louis and below exposed gaps that had to be filled with in-season minor league free agent signees. Actually, Double-A Corpus Christi slipped below .500 when they lost to Springfield on Sunday, but the big picture is ...
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