Jun 3, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; General view of Minute Maid Park before a game between the Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
On Monday June 8, 2015, the Houston Astros draft 2015 edition will begin. The 2014 Astros draft, at least the first round, was disappointing as the Astros failed to come to terms with Brady Aiken. The good news is that because of that, the Astros have two picks in the first round this year. They get the second-overall pick due to the Aiken situation, and they receive the fifth-overall pick from having the fourth-worst record. The Astros are in a different position than the past three years because they don’t have the first-overall pick.
First guess would lead you to believe that the Astros would pick a pitcher with the second pick because they lost out on Aiken. However, with the success of Lance McCullers Jr along with the quantity of top pitching prospects in the Astros minor leagues, they may not see pitching as pressing. I could be wrong because Jeff Luhnow has been pretty unpredictable in his time with the Astros.
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It might be better that Luhnow doesn’t have to pick first because he does not have to zero in on one draft prospect but has to look at least the top-20. He would have to do his homework prior to the draft, and might be able to pick out theKris Bryant
‘s of this years draft class.
Jeff Luhnow also needs to know what the plan is prior to the draft as to how aggressive they will be dealing pitching prospects at the trade deadline. Would the Astros trade Vincent Velasquez, Josh Hader, Mark Appel, Daniel Mengden, or Michael Feliz if they don’t draft a pitching prospect in the first round.
The writers at CTH (with help from Jim at Nolan Writin), have done our MLB Mock draft of the first five picks of the 2015 draft. Each writer was appointed a team to represent as GM, make their selection, and then write a justification. Ladies and gentlemen, the Arizona Diamondbacks are on the clock.
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