Astros’ McCurdy Coming Along Fine

Ryan McCurdy, Catcher

In the middle of all the doubt and distrust generating from the way the delayed sale of the Astros to Jim Crane is working out, the bright spot remains the play of the kids that have been brought up to pay out the end of the 2011 season as the face of the future Houston Astros. Some of these players, like Jose Altuve, J.D. Martinez, and J.B. Shuck, are home-grown Astros products all the way. Others are recent trade-acquired prospects like Jimmy Paredes, Brett Wallace, Mark Melancon, Henry Sosa, and David Carpenter. The Astros had to give up stars like Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, Hunter Pence, and Michael Bourn to get these latter new guys, and a few others, like a fellow named “Singleton”, who isn’t here yet, but these energetic and productive young guys are fast becoming our clearer and clearer dream portrait of how successful the future of the Astros can be, if only …. (You fill in the rest of the blanks here for a complete true thought).

One of the babies who isn’t here yet bears a name that’s very familiar to me, so, it’s only natural that I’m quite attracted to the prospect that there may be somebody out there who is capable of taking our family name where I could never bring it. Ryan McCurdy (no relation to anyone here at The Pecan Park Eagle) is the young man out of Duke University whom the Astros signed as a catching prospect during the 2010 season.

Ryan McCurdy hit only .148 in 20 games for Rookie League Greeneville and Class A Tri-City in 2010, but this year, he just finished the 2011 season at Tri-City of NY-PA League with a.328 batting average (33/102) with 6 doubles and 17 RBI. At age 23, he’s now moved up to finish the year on the roster of Lexington in the Class A Sally League.

And who knows? Maybe Mr. Jason Castro will leave a little open space for a second young catcher on some future roster of the Houston Astros? Let’s hope that all our young guys come through so strongly that right decisions on who to keep are the biggest problem facing the club.  By then. let’s hope that the franchise has a clear stable head with deep enough pockets and the business and baseball savvy they will need to lead this train of talent to where the City of Houston wants to go in the fairly near future.

Need I spell out where we want to go with our local efforts in major league baseball? It’s a place we’ve visited once, with a “close, but no cigar” result. Well, all we want is to finally win a few of these battles – and to be in contention every year, more often than not. Is that too much to ask for the 4th largest city in the United States?

My late dad once gave me some advice as a young man about buying cars that I think also applies to major league baseball franchises and just about anything else we pay big bucks to own. Dad Said: “Never buy a car you cannot afford to drive.” 

The application here is obvious: You don’t buy a major league franchise for $680 million dollars, if you cannot afford to run the organization as though it were really worth that much money. Just as you don’t buy a Cadillac to hide in the garage and never drive for the sake of protecting your investment, you don’t buy a major league club to hide away and depreciate in value because you could not afford to drive it to the winner’s circle at the World Series.

If you are the new owner of the Astros, get behind the kids and help them develop as the best team of major leaguers Houston could assemble!

Go Ryan! Go McCurdy! Go All! Go Astros!

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One Response to “Astros’ McCurdy Coming Along Fine”

  1. Randy Says:

    What about UH and Cy-Fair HS product, Chris Wallace?

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