Orioles reflected in the foundations of the champion Astros

For the Houston Astros first it was cutting the grass, then getting the land flattened with heavy machinery and finally serving the layers of hot asphalt. Thus they paved the way to a flourishing destiny, qualifying to the postseason in every year since 2017, including the achievement of two World Series championships.

Not everything was good in this process, beginning by screwing up with dishonorable episodes such as having incurred in the theft of signs, although there he began his ssolid system for signing and development of players.

The Astros marked the steps to follow in a restructuring, relying on a long-term plan with the base of players who were a natural product of the franchise. They made the selections in the draft of Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Dallas Keuchel, in addition to the acquisition in the international market of José Altuve; all part of the central nucleus of the first competitive stage.

The formula was repeated again with the organization’s championship in 2022, using the results of Jeremy Peña and Kyle Tucker, both from the draw, as well as the contributions made by Cristian Javier, Bryan Abreu, José Urquidy or Luis García, who they reached professionalism after agreeing with Houston.

This proven structure design for sporting success is emulated by the baltimore oriolesusing Mike Elias as an architect, someone who also had notoriety in building the Astros. He was director of “scouting” for the sidereals, so he knows firsthand the fruitfulness of a plan that is similar to what he does as general manager.

The Orioles’ lineup has the backbone of Adley Rutschman, Anthony Santander, Cedric Mullins, Gunnar Henderson and Ryan Mountcastle, while the starting rotation sees the rise of Grayson Rodriguez.

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Of the above, the names of Henderson, Rodríguez and Rutschman came to the franchise from the draft in the management of Elías, while Mullins and Mountcastle were selections that obey the work team led by Dan Duquette.

Developing players is being the spearhead in the Orioles project, something that will continue in the long term at a time when they are seen as the owners of the better minority systemaccording to the preseason list prepared by MLB Pipeline.

Getting good players doesn’t just happen with Baltimore’s draft picks, having the illustration of reliever Felix Bautista. The Dominican spent two years in the Dominican Summer League for the Miami Marlins before being released and spending another couple of annuities to get into the hands of his current team.

In the Orioles he had an astronomical competitive rise, becoming the best reliever the franchise has. He has appeared in the final inning of a game 35 times since 2022.

There is still one pending step: surround development projects with established players. The same was what adorned the path that the Astros created (making the signings of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Martín Maldonado, Rafael Montero, among others).

A completely opposite model is the Washington Nationals, who have a 40-member roster where 17 have been free agency signings, as opposed to another 11 natives to the team or seven that arrived in trades.

After winning the championship in 2019 and evidencing the rise of previous prospects such as Juan Soto, Trea Turner or Víctor Robles, the capitalists were stunned by their development process, a error that should not be allowed by any team that wants continuity.

This article had the collaboration of José Manuel Pérez.

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