Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 10/22/14
HOUSTON The plan is in place and the wheels are in motion. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has the financial backing of owner Jim Crane to invest fully in building a sustainable winner through the first-year player draft, and Luhnow has initiated the process of doing so. On Monday, the Astros signed the second of their two first-round selections, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit High right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., and there was great rejoicing throughout the franchise. In McCullers Jr. and Carlos Correa, the top overall selection signed by the Astros a week earlier, the club has invested 7.3 million to fortify the foundation of their farm system. The goal is to keep drafting shrewdly and develop that youthful talent into the core of a successful franchise. Things don't always work out as desired. The Kansas City Royals, whom the Astros hosted for a three-game series to open their 10-game home stand, offer a cautionary tale of how building through the draft can sometimes lead...
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