The Houston Astros are back in the World Series for the second time in three years. They did an even harder and longer rebuild than the White Sox did. They lost 100 games in three straight seasons. The White Sox only did that once in their rebuild and injuries had a bit to do with that. They weren’t able to turn players like Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, and Adam Eaton into Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, and Reynaldo Lopez.
They also only hit on only one of their three consecutive number one overall picks and that was Carlos Correa. Mark Appel and Brady Aiken were both not able to ever be Major Leaguers despite having such high ceilings. The Astros passed up on Kris Bryant and Tim Anderson for Appel! Things have not been perfect for them and they were still able to develop themselves into a potential dynasty by making other smart draft picks in other drafts and making great trades.
All of those facts are something the White Sox need to learn from. Things aren’t going to be perfect and not every prospect is going to be a superstar. That is okay, as long as you find a few diamonds in the rough, use analytics to your advantage, and have a good mindset then things will go your way. The White Sox has gotten at least something from most of the prospects they’ve given a chance to and that is something you can hope to see continue.
The Astros are the perfect example of how to properly execute a rebuild and the White Sox would love to follow suit. They play great baseball and are the current model franchise in Major League Baseball. They have provided lots of hope for teams like the White Sox and as an organization, they should be watching and learning from everything they do.