Astros news from around the web

I found a few Astro related info-nuggets out there today. MiLb.com did a nice write-up on future Astro Paul Clemens. Click on the page below to check it out.

 

Our FanSided brethren at Seedlings to Stars and Call to the Pen posted a couple of articles that should interest Astros fans. The S2S top 100 prospect snubs NL Central edition includes Michael Feliz, a prospect that hasn’t been mentioned on any of our previous lists. Blaine at CttP fills us in on the latest Carlos Lee trade rumors.

Many forecasts have the Astros taking Stanford hurler Mark Appel with the first pick in this year’s June draft. Other have suggested Lance McCullers or Devin Marrero. We know it’s going to be a tough year for our Astros but we still have hope. In the interest of giving equal time to our fellow bloggers around the division I give you a Pirate blogger’s mock draft and a Brewers fan’s take on the 2012 Astros.

Astros County provides a link to an article explaining how St. Louis G.M. John Mozeliak feels about Jeff Luhnow’s recent raiding of his staff.

Minor League Ball.com has been running a poll to find out who it’s readers view as the top “B level” pitching prospect in the minors. Astros farmhand Jarred Cosart is one of the final three candidates.  You can read more and vote here.

Topics: Astros, Brewers, Carlos Lee, Jarred Cosart, John Mozeliak, Mark Appel, Michael Feliz, Mock Draft, Paul Clemens, Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals

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  • Stroscrow

    I didn’t realize this until this past weekend, but I checked out Appel’s college stats, and was not all that impressed with what he’s done in college. I’ve heard he has the speed, and decent offspeed stuff, but I’m not for sure if he would be someone who could develop into an ace or not. He reminds me a little bit like Taylor Jungmann from last years draft.

    Basically he’s good, but the Astros can’t afford to miss on this pick. Another name that’s been mentioned quite a bit in draft talks is Lucas Giolito. He’s a prep arm, but some have said that he is better than Jameson Stallion or Dylan Bundy. He has speed, an easy delivery, and also throws five pitches with good command. There has however never been a prep pitcher selected number 1 overall so we will have to wait and see. Someone should probably separate themselves from the crowd this spring.

    Most people prefer to see position players drafted early, and pitchers taken later in the draft. I would really like to see the Astros draft a pitcher with ace upside this year though.

    Question? Would you be okay with the Astros drafting a high school pitcher number 1 overall.

  • astrosince1975

    @Stroscrow As you know I’m not as well-read on amateur players as you and some of the others here. But I share your sentiments on Appel. His numbers don’t jump out at you like someone who is worthy of the first overall pick. I would actually prefer a position player. You know what they say… there’s no such thing as a pitching prospect.

  • Stroscrow

    I didn’t realize this until this past weekend, but I checked out Appel’s college stats, and was not all that impressed with what he’s done in college. I’ve heard he has the speed, and decent offspeed stuff, but I’m not for sure if he would be someone who could develop into an ace or not. He reminds me a little bit like Taylor Jungmann from last years draft.

    Basically he’s good, but the Astros can’t afford to miss on this pick. Another name that’s been mentioned quite a bit in draft talks is Lucas Giolito. He’s a prep arm, but some have said that he is better than Jameson Stallion or Dylan Bundy. He has speed, an easy delivery, and also throws five pitches with good command. There has however never been a prep pitcher selected number 1 overall so we will have to wait and see. Someone should probably separate themselves from the crowd this spring.

    Most people prefer to see position players drafted early, and pitchers taken later in the draft. I would really like to see the Astros draft a pitcher with ace upside this year though.

    Question? Would you be okay with the Astros drafting a high school pitcher number 1 overall.

    • astrosince1975

      @Stroscrow As you know I’m not as well-read on amateur players as you and some of the others here. But I share your sentiments on Appel. His numbers don’t jump out at you like someone who is worthy of the first overall pick. I would actually prefer a position player. You know what they say… there’s no such thing as a pitching prospect.

      • Stroscrow

        @astrosince1975 Even though I am a bigger fan of pitching I typical agree with you to draft position players early. That has also been what the Astros have done since Wade and Heck took over. 08 drafted Castro with first pick, Lyles with second. 09 Mier with first pick, Bushue with second. 10 DeShields with first pick, Foltynewicz with second pick. 11 Springer with first pick, Houser with the second.

        The problem is that as a result of this the Astros haven’t really drafted any pitchers with ace upside. Folty, Houser, and Armstrong may be solid number two guys and could be more, but could just as easy develop into back of the rotation guys. I love the Springer pick last year, but I would have been okay with the Astros selecting Taylor Guerrerri (I’m sure I mispelled it) first.

        With the Astros having three picks out of the first hundred I think they could afford to take a pitcher first overall and still be okay.

        • astrosince1975

          @Stroscrow Luhnow has stated that he will go for the best player available. Maybe someone will rise above the rest during the season. If it’s a pitcher, that would be great.

  • Stroscrow

    @astrosince1975 Even though I am a bigger fan of pitching I typical agree with you to draft position players early. That has also been what the Astros have done since Wade and Heck took over. 08 drafted Castro with first pick, Lyles with second. 09 Mier with first pick, Bushue with second. 10 DeShields with first pick, Foltynewicz with second pick. 11 Springer with first pick, Houser with the second.

    The problem is that as a result of this the Astros haven’t really drafted any pitchers with ace upside. Folty, Houser, and Armstrong may be solid number two guys and could be more, but could just as easy develop into back of the rotation guys. I love the Springer pick last year, but I would have been okay with the Astros selecting Taylor Guerrerri (I’m sure I mispelled it) first.

    With the Astros having three picks out of the first hundred I think they could afford to take a pitcher first overall and still be okay.

  • astrosince1975

    @Stroscrow Luhnow has stated that he will go for the best player available. Maybe someone will rise above the rest during the season. If it’s a pitcher, that would be great.