After two years of trading veterans, Astros move up in Baseball America rankings.

In today’s Internet age, the only thing you need in order to express yourself freely and without filter is a computer and a pulse.

It’s likely that no other industry matches sports when it comes to the number of people who have an opinion and who accept the free invitations to express those views to the world. That can cause some confusion as to what’s fact and fiction, or who’s legit and who’s bogus.

In baseball, one publication that has maintained its reputation as the No. 1 source for information regarding baseball, especially from a scouting and organizational standpoint, is Baseball America. While plenty of horn-tooters out there profess to have a grand knowledge of the inner workings of an organization, Baseball America garners the most respect, especially when it comes to talent rankings.

The last few years have been tough for Astros fans, considering BA has ranked the Astros at the bottom, or very near it, for several years. After the slew of trades they’ve made in the last couple of years — especially the deals involving Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn last year — there was hope the Astros would move up.

That is, indeed, the case. In the recent organizational talent rankings released by BA this week, the Astros are now ranked 18th, having moved up eight spots from No. 26 a year ago. Prior to that, the Astros’ spot at the bottom barely budged at all:

2010: 30th
2009: 30th
2008: 29th

Here’s the Astros blurb from Baseball America that followed its No. 18 ranking:

IMPACT TALENT: The Astros climb out of the bottom third of our rankings for the first time since 2002. 1B Jonathan Singleton is the best hitter, RHP Jarred Cosart the highest-upside pitcher and OF George Springer the most gifted athlete to come through the system in a while.

DEPTH: Houston has drafted worse than any club over the last decade, so most of its best prospects arrived in trades. Singleton, Cosart and OF Domingo Santana came from the Phillies for Hunter Pence; SS Jonathan Villar from Philadelphia for Roy Oswalt; and RHP Paul Clemens and LHP Brett Oberholtzer from the Braves for Michael Bourn.

2012 ROOKIES: OF J.B. Shuck could emerge as the Astros’ center fielder out of spring training. RHPs Juan Abreu and Rhiner Cruz and SS/2B Marwin Gonzalez—the latter two were major league Rule 5 draft picks in December—also could make the Opening Day roster.

The full rankings:

1. Texas Rangers
2. Kansas City Royals
3. San Diego Padres
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. Toronto Blue Jays
6. Seattle Mariners
7. Oakland Athletics
8. Tampa Bay Rays
9. Boston Red Sox
10. St. Louis Cardinals
11. Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Washington Nationals
13. New York Yankees
14. Chicago Cubs
15. Atlanta Braves
16. Cincinnati Reds
17. Colorado Rockies
18. Houston Astros
19. Los Angeles Angels
20. Minnesota Twins
21. Baltimore Orioles
22. San Francisco Giants
23. Detroit Tigers
24. Los Angeles Dodgers
25. New York Mets
26. Milwaukee Brewers
27. Philadelphia Phillies
28. Miami Marlins
29. Cleveland Indians
30. Chicago White Sox

Additionally, Singleton was dubbed the second-best first base prospect of all 30 teams, behind San Diego’s Yonder Alonso. BA’s take: “Scouts are high on Singleton’s hitting mechanics, and it’s only a matter of time before his raw power starts showing up more in game situations.”

Delino DeShields was ranked the 10th-best second base prospect (“The 2010 first-rounder’s youth was apparent during full-season debut a year ago, as the 18-year-old batted .220 and struck out once per game. On the plus side, DeShields showed plus speed and gap power while learning to play the keystone”), and Jonathan Villar the eighth-base shortstop prospect (“Can field the position with the best of them, but will he hit enough?”)

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Alyson, you don’t say what this is a ranking of. Minor league systems? Prospects? Is this the 2012 Organization Talent Rankings?
“Baseball America’s annual organization talent rankings evaluate the overall value of each system’s prospect-eligible players (no more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the major leagues, without regard to service time).”

Thought I had made it clear with buzz phrases like “organizational talent”…thanks for the additional info, that will be beneficial to our readers.

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