"We definitely want to capitalize and turn our goofed performances into wins," Porter said. "But more importantly, we want to continue to monitor the development of these players.
Porter can draw a handful of positives out of the first half of the season, and he's seeing a core of young players beginning to take shape. Jose Altuve's four-year extension shows that the organization is committed to the club's long-term success.
"I've said this for the entire time I've been here -- the most important aspect of any organization is to properly evaluate your players," Porter said. "You don't want to go into the offseason with the number of questions we had last year.
"We have answered a lot of questions [this season], because we've allowed guys the opportunity to go out and show us exactly what they are able to do at the Major League level."
Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.