Updated Draft Results
by: Gabe Cassillo
After 2 Days of the MLB Draft, the Astros have selected 16 players, ranging from first overall pick, Carlos Correa, to number 459, Erik Gonzalez. While there’s still one more day, and still 25 more rounds to go, let’s take a brief look at what the Astros were able to do through the first part of this years draft. Check out some of the MLB.com scouting videos for a more in-depth look at some of the Astros top selections.
1. (1) Carlos Correa-SS (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy)
At only 17, Correa became the highest selected Puerto Rican player in the history of the MLB Draft. 6′ 4” 170 lbs. with room to grow, Correa is seen by many as a five-tool talent and could develop into the next great shortstop, drawing comparisons to a young Alex Rodriguez, and Troy Tulowitzki.
2. (41) Lance McCullers-RHP (Jesuit HS, FL)
One of the themes in this year’s draft for the Astros was upside. In McCullers, they got a top 10 talent in the supplementary round due to signability concerns. At 6′ 1” and 190, McCullers throws hard in the upper 90s. Interestingly enough, he was also drafted at the same pick (41) as his dad, Lance McCullers Sr., was, 30 years ago to the day.
3. (61) Nolan Fontana-SS (University of Florida)
The first college selection by the Astros, Fontana is a solid defender with good speed and an average bat. At 5′ 11” 190, Fontana is most likely the first of this year’s class to spend his summer in Tri-City.
4. (96) Brady Rodgers-RHP (Arizona State)
Not quite elite, but still very talented and a solid pick, Rodgers will most likely be one of the ‘Cats arms this summer. He’s a 6′ 1” 195 lbs. righty with an average fastball, and three other secondary pitches.
5. (129) Rio Ruiz-3B (Bishop Amat HS, CA)
The third high schooler taken by the Astros, Ruiz is from Southern California and fell in the draft after having to miss time this season following surgery to break up a blood clot near his clavicle. Ruiz definitely has solid tools to be a Major leaguer and looks like a solid pick given his position for the Astros.
*Disclaimer* Before you go any further, let’s just take a step back. The reality of these next few picks is that no one knows what they will be. From this point on, and really the first few rounds as well, any projections are just a pundits best guess.
6. (159) Andrew Aplin-CF (Arizona State University)
7. (189) Brett Phillips-CF (Seminole HS, FL)
8. (219) Preston Tucker-OF (Univeristy of Florida)
9. (249) Tyler Heineman-C (UCLA)
10. (279) Daniel Minor-RHP (Texas A&M Corpus Christi)
11. (309) Joseph Bircher-LHP (Bradley University)
12. (339) Hunter Virant-LHP (Adolfo Camarillo HS, CA)
13. (369) Joyce Terrell-LF (Florida State)
14. (399) Brian Holmes-LHP (Wake Forest)
15. (429) Joe Sclafini-SS (Dartmouth)
16. (459) Erick Gonzalez-RHP (Gateway Community College, AZ)
Keep checking back here at ‘Cats Corner for more updated coverage of the draft and the 2012 ValleyCats. We will be posting more comprehensive info about each of the players when we get an official roster early next week.