How Houston Astros Stack Up For MLB Homegrown Talent

How Houston Astros Stack Up For MLB Homegrown Talent
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Winning titles is challenging, yet building a perennial championship-contending team with homegrown players presents an even greater hurdle.

Nurturing these athletes through an in-house development program is demanding, certainly in Major League Baseball. But it offers the potential for sustained success that leads to championships and the Houston Astros serve as a prime example.

Unfortunately, there is no legal Texas sports betting, as legislative measures continue to encounter roadblocks. Just ask Texas Rangers fans. But for now, Astros fans can continue to embrace their team’s consistency after two World Series titles and four American League pennants since 2017.

The Astros in the past several years have had a lot of homegrown talents thrive, and their success speaks volumes about the franchise’s effective recruitment and player development programs.

How much have the Astros relied on homegrown talent? As spring training games draw near, we wondered which MLB team have done the best job at drafting and keeping talent in their city. Using statistics from the FanGraphs website, – your home for the best Texas sportsbook promo codes when they become available – found the number of homegrown players (drafted or signed) on each MLB team’s projected 40-man roster for the upcoming 2024 season.

MLB Teams with Most Homegrown Talent

RankTeamNo. of PlayersPct. of Players
1Cleveland Guardians2562.5%
2Colorado Rockies2460%
3 Houston Astros 2357.5%
T-4Kansas City Royals2152.5%
T-4Los Angeles Angels2152.5%
6Arizona Diamondbacks2050%
T-7Detroit Tigers1947.5%
T-7Minnesota Twins1947.5%
T-7San Francisco Giants1947.5%
T-10Toronto Blue Jays1742.5%
T-10Cincinnati Reds1742.5%

2024 World Series Odds

In neighboring Louisiana, BetMGM Sportsbook has the Astros as the third favorite in World Series odds at +850. The Los Angeles Dodgers are favored at +360 odds, followed by the Atlanta Braves (+600), then the Astros, New York Yankees (+900) and defending world champion Rangers (+1100).

The Houston Astros’ successful formula is hardly a secret, centered on strategic recruitment and a thriving player development program.

Astros’ Homegrown Talent Fuels Success

The Astros have the third most homegrown players in the MLB with 23, which is 57.5% of the projected 40-man roster. Only the Cleveland Guardians with 25 players (62.5%) and the Colorado Rockies (60%), have more on our list.

Among the standout talents who have risen through the ranks in the Houston organization are Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker, Jeremy Pena and Framber Valdez, all among the elite in their respective positions.

Altuve, an eight-time All-Star, was first recruited in 2008 from the Venezuelan Summer League into the Astros’ Triple-AAA affiliate team. Fast forward 15 years, the 33-year-old is considered one of their greatest players ever and signed a seven-year contract extension this offseason.

In 2015, the Astros nailed the draft. Bregman was drafted second overall and became a two-time All-Star and World Series champion. Meanwhile, Tucker was selected fifth overall that year; he also is a two-time All-Star as well as a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award.

The youngest among them, 26-year-old Pena, was selected in the third round of the 2018 draft. He already has been a World Series and AL MVP. Valdez, a pitcher, was an international free agent signed in 2015. Since then, Valdez is a two-time All-Star with one World Series title.

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Felix Veletanga is an experienced reporter who has covered local news, politics, and sports; he now lends his expertise to the Texas sports betting market. Felix specializes in combat fighting and soccer betting analysis with a focus on the Premier League.

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