MLB Draft 2012: Top Candidates to Be the Houston Astros' No. 1 Pick

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MLB Draft 2012: Top Candidates to Be the Houston Astros' No. 1 Pick
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Right fielder Brian Bogusevic celebrates a win with his Houston Astros.

The Houston Astros "earned" the first overall draft pick in the 2012 MLB Draft after finishing with a 56-106 record in the NL Central last season.

The Astros already have potential future star-positional players like 24-year-old left-fielder J.D. Martinez, 22-year-old second baseman Jose Altuve, 23-year-old shortstop Marwin Gonzalez and 25-year-old catcher Jason Castro in the lineup, but lack a proven pitching staff.

Houston's rotation needs some improvement. Wandy Rodriguez is winless in two outings this year, but the 33-year-old has a 1.96 ERA. Promising 26-year-old Lucas Harrell shows promise with a 2.55 ERA, but there is a significant drop off in talent after the aforementioned hurlers.

The 2012 MLB Draft features several pitching prospects with the potential to turn into big-time MLB aces and make an immediate impact on the Astros' rotation, but Houston could always opt to draft another positional player to bolster their already promising lineup.

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