For the talk about Rajan being late to the party, I did come across this late last night. What is it? It's an article from August 2007, in which Rajan says:
It wasn't all too long ago that the Houston Astros' farm system was among the elite in Major League Baseball.
But as the Astros scaled new heights in recent seasons -- including their first playoff series victory and then their initial foray into the World Series -- the farm system went the other way.