Friday, February 8, 2013

Building a World Series Contender

I was curious how the 2005 Astros, arguably the best team in the franchise's history, was assembled. Let's look together, I'll offer no commentary.

Starting lineup

C Brad Ausmus-Signed as Major League free agent. 11/19/03
1B Lance Berkman-Drafted by Houston. 1st round, 1997
2B Craig Biggio-Drafted by Houston. 1st round, 1987
SS Adam Everett-Traded from Boston as AA prospect for Carl Everett. 12/14/99
3B Morgan Ensberg-Drafted by Houston. 9th round, 1998
LF Chris Burke-Drafted by Houston. 1st round, 2001
CF Willy Taveras-Rule 5 pick from Cleveland. 12/15/03
RF Jason Lane-Drafted by Houston. 6th round, 1999


IF Mike Lamb-Traded from New York(AL) for Juan DeLeon. 3/25/04
IF Jose Vizcaino-Signed as Major League free agent. 11/20/00
OF Orlando Palmeiro-Signed as Major League free agent. 1/19/04
IF/OF Eric Bruntlett-Drafted by Houston. 9th round, 2000
C Raul Chavez-Signed as Minor League free agent. 1/4/00


Roy Oswalt-Drafted by Houston. 23rd round, 1996
Andy Pettitte-Signed as Major League free agent. 12/16/03
Roger Clemens-Signed as Major League free agent. 1/19/04
Brandon Backe-Traded from Tampa Bay for Geoff Blum. 12/14/03
Wandy Rodriguez-Signed by Houston as amateur free agent. 12/12/99
Ezequiel Astacio-Traded by Philadelphia as High-A prospect for Billy Wagner


Brad Lidge-Drafted by Houston. 1st round, 1998
Chad Qualls-Drafted by Houston. 2nd round, 2000
Dan Wheeler-Traded from New York(NL) for Adam Seuss. 8/27/04
Russ Springer-Signed as Major League free agent. 6/29/04
Chad Harville-Traded from Oakland for Kirk Saarloos. 4/17/04
Mike Gallo-Drafted by Houston. 5th round, 1999