We've been fortunate here in the Capital Region to watch some pretty good Tri-City ValleyCats baseball over the last three years.

The 'Cats won the New York-Penn League title in 2013 before falling in the championship series in 2014. The 'Cats advanced to the playoffs again in 2015.

Part of the reason that the ValleyCats have been so good is that the parent club, the Houston Astros, have not been good. High draft picks have made their way to Troy and now those prospects are being highly-regarded in the Astros system.

Of those Top 30 prospects, several former 'Cats are listed.

The No. 2 prospect, AJ Reed, spent part of 2014 in Tri-City where he became one of the best power-threats in the league. He's worked his way up and is estimated to be in Houston by this year.

Also on the list are David Paulino (No. 7), Joe Musgrove (No.8), Derek Fisher (No. 9), Michael Feliz (No. 10), JD Davis (No. 12), Tyler White (No. 13), Tony Kemp (No. 14), Jon Kemmer (No. 21), Alfredo Gonzalez (No. 25),  Matt Duffy (No. 27), and Andrew Aplin (No. 28).