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ESPN’s Keith Law ranks Astros farm system at No. 12

Houston up five spots even with numerous prospect graduations.

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It's the most wonderful time of the year if you're a fan of MLB prospect rankings. And I assume you are, if you’re reading the Crawfish Boxes.

That being the case, ESPN senior baseball writer Keith Law’s annual baseball prospect rankings are essential reading.To save you the job of scrolling through the rankings, the Houston Astros’ farm system checks in at No. 12 entering the 2017 season.

Houston moves up from No. 17 last season and slots in between the Minnesota Twins (No. 11) and St. Louis Cardinals (No. 13).

Law talks about the obvious with Astros farm system that has been ravaged the past season by graduation including Alex Bregman and A.J. Reed last season. But the farm system has been refilled by solid draft classes.

Law did note that Houston did have some holes to fill in the system:

(The Astros are a) little light at the three infield skill positions (second, third and shortstop) and behind the plate, but they can at least rest easy knowing their major league infield is set for a while.

What did you think of Law’s system rankings? Read the entire article here (Insider required), it is worth a read.