Originally Posted by dougdirt
Thats not really accurate.
They have the Greensville Astro's which are in the Appalachian League.
They also have Tri-City Valley Cats which are in the NY-Penn League.
Both of those are short season leagues, while the Appy league is considered rookie ball the NY Penn League is considered short season, which falls between high rookie and low A..... basically, its high rookie ball.
And that does beg the question as to why the Astros would draft a kid in the 16th round out of high school and then put him right in low-A ball instead of rookie ball. Torrence was extremely overmatched last summer as his numbers indicate. He would have been the perfect candidate for rookie ball.
I mean, take a guy like Todd Frazier. The Reds draft him in the supplemental first round (basically a second round pick) out of college and where did they put him? High rookie Billings. He then earned his way to Dayton for a cup of coffee to end the season, but the point is here was this 21 year old man straight out of college as a high draft pick and the Reds put him in rookie ball. The Astros must have a screwed up farm system if they are putting 18-year-old, low draft picks in A ball right away.