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Astros ranked No. 3 in 2017 Baseball America organization talent rankings

Houston in the top three among BA’s impact major leaguers in their farm system

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The Houston Astros and general manager Jeff Luhnow have built a thriving minor league system over the past five seasons. For the umpteen time, baseball writers have confirmed that fact.

Baseball America ranked the Astros as the No.3 team in their 2017 organization talent rankings list.

The Astros have come a long way after being ranked 26th in 2011 when Luhnow took over but the team has been in the top 10 for the past five seasons.

The Astros are ranked behind the Braves at No.1 and the Yankees at No. 2. Houston is followed by the Dodgers and White Sox in the top five.

The other teams in the AL West aren't in the top half of the ranks: No. 17 Athletics, No. 22 Rangers, No. 23 Mariners, and No. 29 Angels.

The editors at Baseball America describes the thought process behind the list is built around how much impact talent is close to the major league while taking into account depth vs. starts. The BA staff talked about the list on their podcast, which can be listened to here.

The Astros had 5 players on the 2017 top 100 prospects: No.15 RHP Francis Martes, No. 19 Kyle Tucker, 51. RHP David Paulino, 54. Franklin Perez, and 72. A.J. Reed.