Hello Astro's fans. Pirates fan here and this is my first post here at Crawfish Boxes. Before posting, I spent about 10 minutes browsing and liked what I saw. This seems to be a great place to be an Astros fan, similar to Bucsdugout.com. Unfortunately, the on-field product for y'all hasn't been too hot recently, but I promise I feel your pain; plus, if you are gonna stink, the first pick is always nice (I honestly don't mean this as an insult).
While the farm system over here has been lackluster recently, there seem to be signs of life. I liked the draft (I think Springer was solid value at #11) and it's cool to see Houser has already signed (over a month ago!) and pitching well. Also sweet to see Ovando homer (won't be sweet when it's in PNC park) and JD Martinez has been hot lately.
It may be a few years away, but I think the Astros are on the way up, especially considering how dreary in looked, say around this time last year.
My main purose for posting here today can be surmised in this link. It's a bucsdugout fanpost talking about the Pirates looking at Hunter Pence and at the Astros at potential trade partners. The fanpost links to this mlbtraderumors post.
Basically I'm looking for input from the "other side" as it were. Do y'all think Ed Wade will even consider moving Pence this year? What kind of package do you think it would take or would it be interested.? (Obviously - and this is true everywhere) Pirates fans are a biased and are probably off in their estimation of what it would take to get Pence, so getting perpsective from y'all would help tremendously.
Feel free to post here or over on the fanpost at Bucsdugout. Also, for reference here's a link to the Pirates top 20 prospects by John Sickels and a top 30 list complied at the end of May (so more current are probably more useful; for example Zach Von Rosenberg, Sickels #8 guy, has been horrendous so far this year).
Just remember, cross your fingers that we sign Josh Bell! Good day.