Tomorrow the Houston Astros have the opportunity to drastically change the fortunes of a struggling franchise when they make their selection for the first overall pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
If they get the pick right, they could have an MVP/Cy Young-caliber player for the next 10-15 years. Get it wrong and the Astros will continue to sit in mediocrity.
The only good news that came from last season was that the Astros got the first overall pick. The bad news is that this year there is not a clear-cut top prospect like in years past with the likes of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.
From the sounds of it, with less than 48 hours to go the Houston Astros still don't know who they are going to select, according to Chip Bailey of the Houston Chronicle. This is probably a little game of cat-and-mouse played by GM Jeff Luhnow, who will be running his first draft as a general manager.
Now, I have not put in nearly as much time as the front office and scouting department in grading these prospects. However, as an outsider looking in, starting pitcher Mark Appel of Stanford seems like the no-brainer pick here.
These are the top reasons why.