The Astros front office is doing everything it can to keep the people who are putting together the player portion of the 2013 Media Guide on their toes. A few days ago, I mentioned that the members of the club's 2012 pre-season 40-man roster were dropping like flies.
Not surprisingly, the large turnover has been evident throughout the minor league system as well. As of today, 85 minor league players who were in the organization in March 2012 have left the system. This number is more than one-third of the 238 total who were listed as being under minor league contracts in last year's media guide.