The future of non-playoff teams

There's plenty of hope on the horizon for 10 losing franchises

Updated: September 2, 2014, 10:43 AM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

Profar/HarveyGetty ImagesTheir respective teams have struggled in 2014, but Jurickson Profar and Matt Harvey will return in '15.
As of Sunday night, FanGraphs had 10 teams pegged as having 0.0 percent odds of reaching the 2014 postseason. These teams, which will of course be joined shortly by others, are merely playing out the string. But while these teams have nothing to play for this season, they will get a fresh start next season. Let's look ahead at what the near future holds for these 10 teams:

Houston Astros: The "new wave" gets a full season

The Astros have "graduated" a number of their top prospects this season, including George Springer, Jon Singleton, Mike Foltynewicz and Domingo Santana from their own system, and Jake Marisnick from the Miami Marlins. These players have had rough patches to be sure, but they all have flashed their potential.