On the second day of this year’s draft the Astros continued to stockpile pitchers, mixing in a hitter here and there. Take a look at these blogs, links, blurbs, and scouting reports for some great info on a few of the newest Astros.
Davis played in the Cape Cod League, hitting .309 with 13 extra-base hits, and was a Cape Cod League All-Star and the Eastern Division MVP. He was #36 in Baseball America’s 2014 Draft Top 50 back in October.
If he had been a draft-eligible junior after the 2013 season – in which he went 8-4 with a 2.11 ERA, 94 K, and 24 BB – he very likely would have been taken no later than the second round.
He has a scholarship to UCLA, one of the best baseball programs in the country, and can build up his stock for three years under the same coach (John Savage) who helped mold Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer into first-round picks.
After going 9-4 with a 2.77 ERA for the Vaqueros this season, with 114 strikeouts and just 27 walks over 78 innings. He threw two complete-game shutouts for Central Arizona and allowed only two extra-base hits all year.
Velazquez is a 6’4″ 200lb junior who was previously drafted by Baltimore in the 15th round of the 2012 draft, after he spent his freshman year at Merced College. MLB.com had him ranked as the #144 draft prospect in their Top 200, while Baseball America ranked him #308 in their Top 500.
His ultimate ceiling is probably a guy with a .300 average with low walk rate and decent strikeout rate. Good amount of doubles and 25-30 stolen bases. He will track down plenty of balls in the outfield but will struggle to hold runners.