HOUSTON -- As they near the midpoint of the Minor League season, all four of the Astros' full-season clubs have a winning record. That's a huge improvement over last season, when Triple-A Oklahoma City, Double-A Corpus Christi, Class A Lancaster and Class A Lexington had a combined 235-329 record.
Oklahoma City (38-25) was in first place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division entering Monday; Corpus Christi (31-30) was in third place in the Texas League South, only five games out of first; Lancaster (33-31) was tied for third in the California League South, one game out of first; and Lexington (35-27) was in fourth place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division, 7 1/2 games out of first.
The Hooks, who have won four in a row, are above .500 through at least 60 games for the first time since the 2006 Texas League championship season.
"There's always winning versus development, and I think our approach is to win without jeopardizing development," director of player development Fred Nelson said. "Our managers and coaches, along with field coordinator Paul Runge and pitching coordinator Jon Matlack and our roving instructors, have done a very good job with that."