Ultimate Astros, Indeed

Everything about the Houston Astros right now borders on Greek Tragedy. Sure, their newly-formed squadron of geniuses provide reason for hope in the future. Unfortunately, that future remains a long, long, long way away.

They have zero on-field talent. Their farm system is fallow. They’re moving into the American League. They’re trying out Brett Wallace at third base, for the love of everything holy!

Pity the poor fools charged with covering this team. Realize the following headline for the Houston Chronicle’s Ultimate Astros blog is probably the highlight of their year.

Astros May End up Thanking the H1N1 Virus for this Pitcher

Yes. You read that correctly. The Astros managed to sign a high school pitcher as an undrafted free agent after his senior season was canceled due to the swine flu outbreak. Rejoice!

Pitcher misses season but big league team stays in contact. Player signs with team (after going undrafted.) Player slowly climbs his way through ramshackle minor league system. The 15th best prospect in the 26th best farm system in baseball. The Swine Flu Feel-Good story of 2012. Your Houston Astros, everybody.