The Houston Astros have four of the first 58 picks— and five of the first 90—in this summer’s 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
With pitching being a key concern for the Astros this season, don’t be surprised if two or more of the Houston’s top picks are used to bolster both the team’s starting rotation and their bullpen.
Let’s take a quick glance at how Houston’s top picks may pan out when the draft begins this evening, Monday, June 7, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET on MLB.com and the MLB Network.
Depending on who you talk to or what mock draft you’re reading, you’ll get all sorts of answers for whom the Houston Astros will take with their No. 8 pick in tonight’s MLB Draft—but the clear-cut favorite appears to be third baseman Zack Cox.
Other names to keep in mind would be right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey and outfielder Josh Sale.
Regardless of what others may be saying, I’m fairly certain the Astros will be taking a pitcher with their No. 19 pick in tonight’s MLB Draft.
Look for these three options to be key targets for Houston when their second pick rolls around: Stetson Allie (RHP), Dylan Covey (RHP), and Asher Wojchiechowski (RHP).
With this pick, it will be extremely difficult to come up with a reasonable group of options for Houston, but don’t be shocked to see the Astros take another pitcher with their No. 33 pick.
Names to consider include DeAndre Smelter (RHP), Sammy Solis (LHP), and Brett Eibner (RHP).
Now we’re into no-man’s land; no doubt about it.
Monday’s day one draft coverage will conclude with pick No. 51 (with No. 33 through No. 52 being supplemental first round picks), while day two coverage will begin on Tuesday (exclusively on MLB.com/Live) at noon with pick No. 52—and will include rounds 2-30.
Who Houston chooses here is anyone’s guess. Let’s just hope the Astros get some top-notch talent to build around with their first five-plus picks.
Houston’s fifth pick will also be a part of day two coverage, so be sure to check back once the news breaks on who the Astros choose for updated coverage and analysis of the 2010 MLB Draft.
In addition to Houston’s first five picks, the Astros also get a sixth pick—No. 123 overall, fourth round—plus every 30 picks after that.
Yes, the MLB Draft has round after round of picks; how else would the pro teams have such deep farm systems that stretch from numerous A-Ball leagues to big-time Triple-A teams?
The draft will conclude on Wednesday (beginning at noon on MLB.com/Live) with rounds 31-50, as Houston and the rest of the league aim to rebuild their farm systems in hopes for a brighter future…
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