Jim Bowden, Keith Law, and Buster Olney took a look (Insider-Only) at the Future Power Rankings, based on five categories:
MAJORS (full weight): Quality of current big league roster
MINORS (full weight): Quality and quantity of prospects in their farm system
FINANCE (2/3 weight): How much money do they have to spend?
MANAGEMENT (2/3 weight): Value and stability of ownership, front office and coaching staff
MOBILITY (1/3 weight): Do they have a lot of young, cheap players, or old immovable guys?
How do the Astros shake out? 29th - ahead of only the Orioles. Here was their breakdown:
Majors: 1 (presumably 0 is the lowest score)
The slate is clean for Crane and Luhnow to build a new Houston tradition, which will probably take years.
So there you have it! If you have any hope at all, you are an idiot. Apparently.