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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #120 on: July 04, 2018, 05:19:15 pm »
7/4/18 Update (updating for Daniels and Billingsley signings)

Officially Signed (28): OF Seth Beer (1st), RHP Jayson Schroeder (2nd), SS Jeremy Pena (3rd), OF Alex McKenna (4th), RHP Cody Deason (5th), RHP R.J. Freure (6th), C Cesar Salazar (7th), RHP Austin Hansen (8th), OF Scott Schreiber (9th), OF Chandler Taylor (10th), RHP Brett Conine (11th), RHP Mark Moclair (12th), RHP Shawn Dubin (13th), SS Trey Dawson (15th), C Alex Holderbach (16th), RHP Brett Daniels (17th), SS Michael Wielansky (18th), RHP Devin Conn (19th), OF Austin Dennis (20th), OF Marty Costes (22nd), LHP Jonathan Bermudez (23rd), RHP Miguel Figueroa (24th), OF Logan Mattix (25th), SS David Hensley (26th), C Juan Paulino (27th), RHP Joey Gonzalez (28th), RHP Layne Henderson (30th), RHP Riley Cabral (31st)*
Unofficially Signed (1): RHP Jacob Billingsley (32nd)**
Will Sign (2):  RHP J.P. France (14th),  RHP Dalton Roach (21st)***
Questionable to Sign/Likely to Continue College Careers (3): C Lyle Lin (29th), RHP J.C. Correa (33rd), RHP Ben Gross (34th)****
Unlikely to Sign (6): LHP A.J. Bregman (35th), RHP Cole Ayers (36th), 2B Antonio Cruz (37th), C Cole Stilwell (38th), RHP Brandon Birdsell (39th), SS Nathan Duerte (40th)*****

*Confirmed via MLB transactions page and/or club announcement
**Per his own twitter account
***College seniors with no eligibility remaining
****Lin (Arizona State sophomore) is currently playing for Bourne in the Cape Cod League while Correa's bro (a Lamar commit after playing for Alvin CC) is playing for Anchorage in the Alaska Baseball League. Gross has finished up his econ degree at Princeton and with one year of eligibility left looks like he'll transfer to Duke and play for them next season while working on his masters
*****Late round HS picks and/or courtesy picks
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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #121 on: July 09, 2018, 06:48:41 pm »
Even though the signing deadline was this past Friday, Astros have yet to issue a PR with the final tally of players signed.

Both the MLB Pipeline draft database and BA's draft database show 14th-rounder J.P. France as expected as having signed. A bit of a mystery as far as 21st-rounder Dalton Roach who should have signed as well but neither database reflects that.

Seniors such as Roach with no college eligibility remaining are not subject to the July 6th deadline so going forward (if he hasn't already signed) the possibility of him joining the org remains.

Subject to the PR and Roach's status, here's the latest:

Signed (30): OF Seth Beer (1st), RHP Jayson Schroeder (2nd), SS Jeremy Pena (3rd), OF Alex McKenna (4th), RHP Cody Deason (5th), RHP R.J. Freure (6th), C Cesar Salazar (7th), RHP Austin Hansen (8th), OF Scott Schreiber (9th), OF Chandler Taylor (10th), RHP Brett Conine (11th), RHP Mark Moclair (12th), RHP Shawn Dubin (13th), RHP J.P. France (14th), SS Trey Dawson (15th), C Alex Holderbach (16th), RHP Brett Daniels (17th), SS Michael Wielansky (18th), RHP Devin Conn (19th), OF Austin Dennis (20th), OF Marty Costes (22nd), LHP Jonathan Bermudez (23rd), RHP Miguel Figueroa (24th), OF Logan Mattix (25th), SS David Hensley (26th), C Juan Paulino (27th), RHP Joey Gonzalez (28th), RHP Layne Henderson (30th), RHP Riley Cabral (31st), RHP Jacob Billingsley (32nd)
Still Could Sign (1):  RHP Dalton Roach (21st)
Didn't Sign (9): C Lyle Lin (29th), RHP J.C. Correa (33rd), RHP Ben Gross (34th), LHP A.J. Bregman (35th), RHP Cole Ayers (36th), 2B Antonio Cruz (37th), C Cole Stilwell (38th), RHP Brandon Birdsell (39th), SS Nathan Duerte (40th)


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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #122 on: July 09, 2018, 07:30:45 pm »
So was Schroeder the only HS player signed?
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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #123 on: July 09, 2018, 07:38:28 pm »
So was Schroeder the only HS player signed?

Yes.

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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #124 on: July 12, 2018, 01:33:16 am »
Breaking down the 30 signees by background:
  • HS--1
  • JUCO--1
  • College Soph/Junior--20
    • D1--15
    • D2--2
    • D3--1
    • NAIA--2
  • College Senior--8
    • D1--5
    • D2--2
    • NAIA--1
And by position:
  • RHP--15
  • LHP--1
  • C--3
  • SS--4
  • OF--7
Summing up, almost exclusively college guys with a greater emphasis on small schools (eight from D2/D3/NAIA) than in the recent past. Among the bigger schools, about what you'd expect with the SEC (4) and ACC (3) leading the way followed by the PAC 12, BIG 10 and Big West with 2 apiece. No switch-hitters among the 14 position players signed with 4 LHBs and 10 RHBs. Pitching-wise, it continues to be hell finding lefties.

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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #125 on: July 12, 2018, 08:32:14 am »
Pitching-wise, it continues to be hell finding lefties.

I disagree with this up to a point.  In the first 5 rounds or so this may be true though a lefty was taken just a couple of picks after Beer.  Past round 5 there were lefties taken by other teams while the Astros picked up righties.  Rounds 6 and 8 saw the Astros pick righties.  Within 5 picks or less of each of those another team took a lefty.  With the draft being a complete crap shoot, but especially after round 4 or 5, I don't see a reason not to pick a lefty or two in rounds 6-10.  Why not take a chance on the rarer commodity?
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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #126 on: July 12, 2018, 08:43:48 am »
Thumbnails follow on each of the signed picks. Keep in mind:
  • Position is how the Astros listed the player when drafted.
  • Figure after the bonus # is where it ranks among this year's Astros draft class.
  • May be slightly redundant with some of the earlier comments in this thread.
  • Comments by necessity may at times be on the glib side. Don't yell at me.
  • Should be read in conjunction with https://www.mlb.com/draft/tracker/astros.
1. Seth Beer
Position: OF
Hits: Left
Plate: With zero expected defensive value, it's all on the bat
Field: 1B or bust
Bonus: $2,250,000 (1st)
School: D1 (ACC)
Class: JR
Other: If this were 2016, he might have gone #1 overall had he been eligible. Not drafted out of HS.

2. Jayson Schroeder
Position: RHP
FB: 92-93 (possibly up to 95)
CB/SL: Both seem to have potential but pundits seem to suggest the slider may be his future calling card
CH: Callis says it's "promising"
Bonus: $1,200,000 (2nd)
School: HS
Class: N/A
Other: Overslot money (by $235K, highest among the 3 draftees for which the Astros did that and obviously not unexpected given that he was a HSer)

3. Jeremy Pena
Position: SS
Hits: Right
Plate: Mendoza line but with some pop (hit just .228 in the CCBL last year)
Field: Will stick at short say the scouting gurus (9 errors in 22 games already for TRC notwithstanding). Mike Elias said the Astros rated him top defensive SS in the draft.
Bonus: $535,000 (3rd)
School: D1 (America East)
Class: JR
Other: Age 20 at the time he was drafted. Similar physique as his father Geronimo, who spent parts of 7 seasons in the bigs as a utility infielder (though never played SS). Drafted by the Braves in the 39th round out of HS.

4. Alex McKenna
Position: OF
Hits: Right
Plate: Might hit for average but how much pop is there? (hit .298/.346/.403 in the CCBL last year)
Field: Can he stick in CF? Mixed views (at best) on that issue
Bonus: $430,000 (4th)
School: D1 (Big West)
Class: JR
Other: Also age 20 at the time he was drafted. Slight overslot by $20K. Not drafted out of HS.

5. Cody Deason
Position: RHP
FB: 90-94
CB/SL: Curve is his out pitch
CH: Will have to improve if he's to be a future starter
Bonus: $285,000 (6th)
School: D1 (PAC 12)
Class: JR
Other: Nice frame (6'4" 205 lbs). Battle tested as the Friday starter for Arizona this past season and CWS experience as a freshman out of the bully back in 2016. Outstanding season as a reliever in the CCBL last year: 32 Ks in 22 IP though he did walk 11 while giving up just 12 hits. Not drafted out of HS.

6. R.J. Freure
Position: RHP
FB: 92-95 
CB/SL: Curve described as a plus pitch
CH: If he even has one, probably described as a work in progress
Bonus: $346,300 (5th)
School: D1 (ACC)
Class: SOPH
Other: Also age 20 on draft day. Draft-eligible sophomore. Canuck via the U of Pittsburg. Whiffed 95 batters this past season for the Panthers as a reliever in 59 innings and led D1 in K/9. But...he walked 35. Also bullpen duty in 2017 in the CCBL--18 hits and 10 walks given up in 18 IP with 25 Ks. 2nd-highest overslot for an Astros draftee this year at $109K. How'd he do against the Beer Man? Seth homered off him in their only matchup this past season. Not drafted out of HS.

7. Cesar Salazar
Position: C
Hits: Left
Plate: Will he or won't he? Hit, that is. A breakthrough season this past spring followed .229/.318/.375 numbers in the CCBL
Field: Described as a defense-first catcher. Which is code of course for weak bat.
Bonus: $160,000 (7th)
School: D1 (PAC 12)
Class: JR
Other: Deason's batterymate with the Wildcats and also his roommate this season (and JJ Matijevic's roommate last year). Bilingual. Grew up in Mexico before moving to the US in HS. Draft-eligible as a sophomore but didn't get picked nor was he selected out of HS. Probably will be a big asset in the development of young pitchers in the lower levels of the minors but whether he advances past AA is likely gonna depend on whether that 2018 offensive upgrade is for real and translates to the pros.

8. Austin Hansen
Position: RHP
FB: Touches 96 but fades quickly 
CB/SL: Alternatively described as a slurve or CB but seems to be effective
CH: Reports say it's solid
Bonus: $156,500 (8th)
School: D1 (BIG 12)
Class: JR
Other: A Jim Stevenson pick. One of the primary late inning options this past season for the Sooners with 52 Ks in 38 IP. Control was better than his first two seasons but still a bit of an issue. CCBL numbers in 2017 underwhelming with a 1.44 WHIP. Not drafted out of HS.

9. Scott Schreiber
Position: OF
Hits: Right
Plate: Power is definitely there
Field: 1B or bust
Bonus: $10,000 (T21st)
School: D1 (BIG 10)
Class: SR
Other: A non-selection out of HS in 2014 but did get drafted three years later in the 26th round as a JR but did not sign. Impressive spring with the Huskers (.369/.446/.692) following a disappointing CCBL season (.255/.270/.352). Turns 23 in October.

10. Chandler Taylor
Position: OF
Hits: Left
Plate: A 3TO type player
Field: Corner guy (Probably of zero significance but he's been playing mostly RF for the River Bandits in early going)
Bonus: $70,000 (T17th)
School: D1 (SEC)
Class: JR
Other: Wasn't picked out of HS in 2015 but became a 27th rounder of the Twins as a draft eligible sophomore in 2017. A .230/.383/.513 slash line in the Cape last year mirrors his Bama numbers this spring.

11. Brett Conine
Position: RHP
FB: Struggles to maintain velocity but has hit 95 at times. Unsurprisingly, gets smoked when he's not hitting that which frequently happens 
CB/SL: Above average curve
CH: Can be effective but depends on what's happening with the FB
Bonus: $125,000 (T9th)
School: D1 (Big West)
Class: JR
Other: No relation to the big leaguer. Big guy (6'4", 220 lbs). Closer at CSF. Pretty good numbers over 2 seasons in the CCBL (47 punchouts in 45 IP with a 1.08 WHIP). Reliever profile but stands to reason the Astros will eventually at least try him in the rotation. Not drafted out of HS.

12. Mark Moclair
Position: RHP
FB: Jumped from upper 80s range early in college career to mid 90s this past season   
CB/SL: "Average" slider
CH: Unknown
Bonus: $125,000 (T9th)
School: D2 (Sunshine State)
Class: JR
Other: Jump in velocity, recent healthiness (which could also be viewed as a negative), lack of innings on the arm and the K/9 numbers are certainly intriguing. Regards that final item, 14.9 this past season which actually jumped to 16.1 late in the year. Control though has been a major problem. Both on evidence early, early in his pro career with 11 Ks and 6 BBs plus 3 plunks in his first 6 innings of work for the V-Cats. Econ major at Tampa. Loosely described as the closer for the Spartans but often times stretched out to 100 pitches in outings. Started pitching late in HS career and injuries limited his work his first 2 years in college. Not drafted out of HS.

13. Shawn Dubin
Position: RHP
FB: Tops out at 94-95 but that report was from a couple years ago   
CB/SL: Says the slider is his best pitch
CH: Unknown
Bonus: $1,000 (T23rd)
School: NAIA (Mid-South)
Class: SR
Other: A year at juco, 2 years at the U of Buffalo before they shut their baseball progam down and a senior season at Georgetown (the Kentucky one). Mediocre #s at D1 Buffalo but blossomed when he dropped down to the Tigers and ended up being named an NAIA First Team All-American. 128 Ks vs 18 BBs in 98 innings this spring. Less than 10 innings was the extent of his HS pitching career as he was primarily a SS. Turns 23 in September. Went undrafted as a junior and out of HS. Skinny (6'1" 160 lbs).
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Dubin is particularly thrilled to join the Astros’ organization, given how well the defending World Series champions develop pitchers. “Honestly this is the best case scenario,” he said. “I'm a Yankee fan being from New York, but the Astros organization, pitching-wise, they're No. 1 in every single category there is. So from a pitcher aspect, this is the best possible opportunity that I have, so it's pretty surreal.” http://www.oleantimesherald.com/sports/allegany-native-dubin-drafted-by-astros/article_714d4eae-6a86-11e8-bee5-13cb1e26d9de.html

14. J.P. France
Position: RHP
FB: 89-92 range
CB/SL: Solid curveball
CH: Plus
Bonus: $1,000 (T23rd)
School: D1 (SEC)
Class: SR
Other: A starter at Tulane, transferred to Mississippi State for his final year of eligibility where he was almost exclusively a reliever. Already 23 on draft day. His coach in HS was former Astro Kirk Bullinger. Never previously drafted.

15. Trey Dawson
Position: SS
Hits: Right
Plate: Don't think he'll hit for pop and probably not for average
Field: Will stick at short say the draft gurus but probably a utility guy ultimately due to the light bat
Bonus: $125,000 (T9th)
School: D1 (SEC)
Class: JR
Other: 32nd rounder of the Tigers coming out of HS. Off to a nice start at the plate for the V-Cats (.319/.431/.447) but unlikely to last. Hit .267/.356/.354 in the Northwoods League in 2017. Multiple stops in his college career--LSU to Chipola JC to the Wildcats.

16. Alex Holderbach
Position: C
Hits: Right
Plate: Comes with some pop and manages strike zone pretty well
Field: Is his future behind the plate? Only God (and Luhnow) knows.
Bonus: $100,000 (13th)
School: D1 (Ohio Valley)
Class: JR
Other: Utility player his first 2 years at EKU--in 2017 he played (# of games) 3B(13),2B(12),SS(2),C(6),OF(4)and DH(10). The plan for 2018 was for him to play 3B but injuries to 2 catchers caused a move to behind the plate fulltime and he ended up one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award. Superb offensive numbers for the Colonels in 2017 and 2018 sandwiched a nice summer in the Great Lakes Collegiate League (.383/.465/.571 with 23 walks vs 16 strikeouts). Not drafted out of HS. Nice mullet.

17. Brett Daniels
Position: RHP
FB: 88-92
CB/SL: Throws both, average
CH: Above average
Bonus: $1,000 (T23rd)
School: D1 (ACC)
Class: SR
Other: 6th Tar Heel to be drafted by the Astros in the Luhnow era (not to mention others like Colin Moran who were subsequently acquired). Regressed over his final 3 seasons at Chapel Hill with progressively higher WHIPs. Stint with Orleans in the Cape last summer was more positive with an 0.92 WHIP in 29 innings. Never previously drafted.

18. Michael Wielansky
Position: SS
Hits: Right
Plate: Don't think he was drafted for his glove.
Field: BA suggested OF as a possible future given his speed. Has played 2B and 3B since joining the V-Cats.
Bonus: $75,000 (T14th)
School: D3 (North Coast Athletic)
Class: JR
Other: Only the 2nd D3 player to have 200 hits, 200 runs and 150 RBIs by the end of his junior year. Distinguished himself playing in the Valley League last summer by hitting .432/.489/.677 and being named MVP and ranked by BA as the 9th best prospect in the league. That batting average was the highest in the 56 year history of the league. Never previously drafted.

19. Devin Conn
Position: RHP
FB: 90-93
CB/SL: "Nice" slider and curve combo
CH: None reported
Bonus: $125,000 (T9th)
School: D2 (Sunshine State)
Class: SOPH
Other: Originally a 2-way player at Middle Tennessee State (MTS). Took a red-shirt in 2016 as a freshman after TJS (which is why he was draft eligible as a sophomore). The following year the Parkland, FL native was in the Blue Raiders starting rotation initially before moving to the bullpen. Walked 31 in 51 IP while whiffing 57. Moved back home in 2018 to attend Nova Southeastern (same school the Astros drafted JD Martinez out of and also where Mike Fiers went). Concentrated on pitching for the Sharks and the results were impressive: 128 Ks vs 29 BBs in 85 IP. Multiple arm slots. Never previously drafted.

20. Austin Dennis
Position: OF
Hits: Right
Plate: Good eye, doesn't strike out a lot
Field: Can he play CF?
Bonus: $70,000 (T17th)
School: D1 (CUSA)
Class: JR
Other: Teammate of Devin Conn at MTS in 2017. Hit .345/.417/.485 for the Blue Raiders this spring with 27 walks vs just 24 punchouts in 229 ABs. That slash line was a significant improvement over his sophomore numbers (which in turn was a significant improvement over his fresman year). He also swiped 25 of 28 bases. I suspect the development staff will preach heavily on the launch angle thing with him looking to add significantly more power. Numbers in the Alaska Baseball League last summer weren't exactly stellar (.258/.315/.311) but he did K just 10 times in 122 ABs and went 10-0 in steals. Played a number of positions for MTS (73 starts in RF, 67 in CF and 23 at 2B) and even did some pitching. Doesn't tell us anything long-term but he's played all 3 OF spots in the early going for the V-Cats. Never previously drafted.

22. Marty Costes
Position: OF
Hits: Right
Plate: 2017 Marty or 2018 Marty?
Field: Not sure I'd bet on RF which then leaves LF or DH
Bonus: $75,000 (T14th)
School: D1 (BIG 10)
Class: JR
Other: 5'9" but listed at 205 lbs. Crumbled from a superb .322/.429/.548 for the Terps as a sophomore in 2017 to just .235/.382/.374 this spring (although the plate discipline was still there with 34 BBs vs 34 Ks in 179 ABs). Unclear whether injury or other factors (see following sentence) played a role in the dropoff. Attitude issues cropped up this spring with a series suspension against Purdue in April due to the proverbial "violation of team rules" and possible disciplinary action with regards to two other games. Encouraging wood bat track record with a .319/.438/.560 slash in the Cal Ripken League in 2016 followed by .293/.427/.511 numbers the next summer in the CCBL. Drafted by the Astros in the 25th round last year as a sophomore. Was not on BA's Top 500 draft prospects list this year but was on last years at #208. He was described then as a "below-average runner with a body that's not going to help him improve in that area moving forward. He can't play up the middle and his 5-foot-9 height eliminates first base, so a team is likely going to have to put him in one of the outfield corners and hope his bat will carry value on its own."

23. Jonathan Bermudez
Position: LHP
FB: I got nothing--only scouting info I found after a cursory search was 5-year old stuff from when he was coming out of HS.
CB/SL: Slider is his breaking ball of choice
CH: Yeah, he has one
Bonus: $75,000 (T14th)
School: NAIA (Sun)
Class: JR
Other: Listed at 6'2" 225 lbs and the only southpaw taken in the draft by the stros. Had quite the peripatetic college career. Originally from Puerto Rico (he graduated from HS there in 2013), Bermudez went the juco route with his first stop at Miami-Dade College in 2014 where he posted 77 punchouts in 74 innings with 25 free passes. Didn't pitch in 2015. He next moves up the state a bit to Winter Haven where he pitches for Polk State College (another juco) in 2016. 62/11 strikeouts to walks in 51 IP there. He figures he'll give the Gulf Coast a try and announces he's committing to D2 Saint Leo. But he never pitches there. In fact, no pitching at all in the spring of 2017. Decides to give central Florida another try and takes the NAIA route by heading to Southeastern U in Lakeland. His 2018 for the Fire included a 16 strikeout no-hitter en route to being named NAIA Pitcher of the Year. Ended up mowing down 153 while walking 31 in 111 innings. Threw 125 pitches in a 2018 NAIA World Series game. When asked about the pitch count, his head coach replied that “No, 125 pitches is normal for our pitchers (starters) because we build them up to a maximum 130 to be ready for the postseason.” In his three preceding appearances, Bermudez tossed 124, 132 and 121 pitches. Turned in a 1.30 WHIP pitching in the NECBL in the summer of 2017 with 45 ponches in 43 IP. Named to that league's All-Star squad and pitched a scoreless inning in the game which immediately preceded the playoffs. In those playoffs, struck out 8 over 4 frames while allowing just 1 run on 3 hits to finish off his summer. Turns 23 in October. Never been drafted previously.

24. Miguel Figueroa
Position: RHP
FB: Dated info said he was throwing upper 80s out of HS.
CB/SL: Unknown
CH: Unknown
Bonus: $20,000 (20th)
School: NAIA (Sooner Athletic)
Class: JR
Other: A Jim Stevenson signing. 2 years at Pima JC before heading to OKC. Had 128 Ks in 133 innings while at juco being used as a starter and in relief. Once he joined the Stars, he became a fulltime reliever and whiffed 48 in 38 IP.  Sent to the GCL club rather than Tri-City after joining the organization (roster considerations overwhelmingly dictate much of this). Never drafted previously.

25. Logan Mattix
Position: OF
Hits: Right
Plate: Don't see a particular strength in his batwork
Field: Without access to a recent scouting report, it's hard to know where he fits in the outfield grass. He has been used exclusively in CF since joining the River Bandits.
Bonus: $1,000 (T23rd)
School: D2 (Peach Belt)
Class: SR
Other: His coach at Georgia College called him a five tool player. Okay. Hit .400/.460/.640 this spring for the Bobcats. A massive difference in home/road splits suggests he and his teammates benefited from a hitter-friendly home park which inflated the overall numbers. Put up a .247/.347/.407 slash in the Northwoods League in 2016, bettering that with a .316/.391/.468 mark the following year in the Coastal Plains League and representing the Savannah Bananas in the league all-star game. Won a D2 Rawlings Gold Glove in 2017. Never drafted previously.

26. David Hensley
Position: SS
Hits: Right
Plate: In its current version, that bat just doesn't play.
Field: He's 6'6" so odds are heavily against SS. 3B is BA's projection. He's played all over the infield in early going for
QC.
Bonus: $1,000 (T23rd)
School: D1 (Mountain West)
Class: SR
Other: Head-scratching lack of pop for a guy his size--just 7 homers in 4 years for the Aztecs and an .094 ISO. Sucky wood bat numbers, .200/.269/.276 in the Northwoods League in 2016 and .220/.298/.280 up in Alaska the following year. Never previously drafted.

27. Juan Paulino
Position: C
Hits: Left
Plate: Lots of raw power it's said.
Field: Couldn't find a recent scouting report on defensive skills after a cursory search but let's face it if they were halfway decent he probably would have gone a lot higher than the 27th round.
Bonus: $10,000 (T21st)
School: JUCO (Bi-State)
Class: SOPH
Other: A Jim Stevenson signing. Went from .338/.451/.637 (team average: .355/.464/.635) as a freshman to .408/.510/.811 (team average: .356/.464/.620) this spring. Had an incredible 47 PB in 51 games and threw out 24% of basestealers in 2017. That led to considerably fewer games behind the plate this year as he played a lot of 1B. Never drafted previously.

28. Joey Gonzalez
Position: RHP
FB: Low 90s
CB/SL: "Good" slider
CH: Unknown
Bonus: $60,000 (19th)
School: D1 (Atlantic Sun)
Class: JR
Other: Listed at 5'11". Bullpen work for the Hatters his 1st two years before moving to the rotation this spring as the midweek starter. A massive 71 walks in 145 IP in his 3 years there, though he did K 147. Did better in the Coastal Plains League last summer with a 33/5 K to BB in 37 innings. Never drafted previously.

30. Layne Henderson
Position: RHP
FB: High 80's, occasionally breaking 90
CB/SL: Neither are as good as his changeup
CH: Effective
Bonus: $1,000 (T23rd)
School: D2 (Pacific West)
Class: SR
Other: Worked out of the bullpen in 2017 (42 Ks in 32 IP) before moving to the rotation this spring and leading the staff with 92 whiffs in 74 innings. Roster considerations are usually the overriding reason for these things but after signing the Astros put him with the GCL club (where he's struggling in the early, early going). Same school as Adrian Tovalin, drafted by Houston in the 16th round last year after putting up a 1.163 OPS for the Cougars but was released barely a year later. Never drafted previously.

31. Riley Cabral
Position: RHP
FB: Low 90's on a good day
CB/SL: Average to above average slider
CH: None reported
Bonus: $1,000 (T23rd)
School: D1 (American Athletic)
Class: JR
Other: Listed at 5'11". Two years at Chipola before moving on to the Tigers and the AAC this spring. Must have been desperate to start his professional career as he took the paltry thousand bucks normally given to college seniors. Perhaps he realized what a terrible decision he made turning down the D-Backs when they took him in the 13th round last year after an outstanding juco season.

32. Jacob Billingsley
Position: RHP
FB: Low 90's
CB/SL: Good curve
CH: None reported
Bonus: $1,000 (T23rd)
School: D1 (SEC)
Class: SR
Other: Listed at 5'11". Turns 24 in a couple of weeks. Simply cannot locate the plate. 82 walks over 134 innings (while striking out 137) in his Bulldogs career and his summer in the Cape last year resulted in 18 walks and 7 WPs in 29 IP. Never drafted previously.


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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #127 on: July 12, 2018, 09:57:58 am »
Nice rundown. Thanks.
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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #128 on: July 12, 2018, 10:14:07 am »
Yeah, that's an awesome job.

side note: I find it entertaining that Callis and other pundits are predicting the eventual pitch dominance/mix of high school pitchers. 

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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #129 on: July 12, 2018, 10:32:30 am »
Thumbnails follow on each of the signed picks. Keep in mind:
  • Position is how the Astros listed the player when drafted.
  • Figure after the bonus # is where it ranks among this year's Astros draft class.
  • May be slightly redundant with some of the earlier comments in this thread.
  • Comments by necessity may at times be on the glib side. Don't yell at me.
  • Should be read in conjunction with https://www.mlb.com/draft/tracker/astros.



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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #130 on: July 12, 2018, 12:41:45 pm »
You scare me with your awesomeness.
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Right.  What she said.

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Re: 2018 Draft
« Reply #131 on: July 12, 2018, 04:46:27 pm »
Wow! Thank you very much, Nate!
I remember all the good times me 'n Miller enjoyed
Up and down the M1 in some luminous yo-yo toy
But the future has to change - and to change I've got to destroy
Oh look out Lennon here I come - land ahoy-hoy-hoy