I have come across a few items about the Astros farm system that indicate a stark change in philosophy, especially in the development of pitchers.
Ed Wade was on KTRH in Houston, and he indicated that some of the young arms in Lexington will be called up to Lancaster soon. There was not an indication of when or how many, but it seems bold and un-Astro like to be bringing 19 and 20 year olds to high A baseball during their first full season.
NO PITCH COUNT?
In the Corpus paper, Luis Pujols, Corpus Christi's manager indicated that there are not strict pitch counts. Two Corpus pitchers threw complete games for the Hooks in the last week. They hadn't had a complete game since 2007.