Houston Astros Lock Down No. 1 Overall Pick for 2012, AL Trio Fights for No. 2

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Houston Astros Lock Down No. 1 Overall Pick for 2012, AL Trio Fights for No. 2
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Mired in the worst season in team history, the Astros at least have the No. 1 pick in next year's draft to look forward to.

Houston has a big-time problem.

With less than 35 regular-season games remaining, the Astros are staring the No. 1 overall pick in next year's MLB draft, right in the face. The closest team to them in the standings is 10 games back, or rather, 10 games better.

With a much weaker draft class to look forward to in 2012, it's going to benefit the teams picking near the top, who will have some easier decisions to make. As of right now, the top candidates appear to be Stanford RHP Mark Appel, Arizona State SS Deven Marrero, Texas A&M RHP Michael Wacha and high-school hurlers RHP Lance McCullers Jr. and RHP Lucas Giolito.

So, as I said before, with only a month's worth of games remaining, let's take a look at who's likely to be picking where next June. 

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