Astros Draft 2015: CTH Mock Draft Picks 1-5

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Houston Astros Select…With Fifth Pick

May 2, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow waves to the crowd before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Fifth Pick-Houston Astros: GM is Jeff Luhnow

With the fifth pick, the Houston Astros select Kyle Tucker (Of, Plant HS (Fla.))

Wow, the Astros better hope that they do get Swanson. Otherwise, they will have drafted two high school prospects in the first round. But then again, the Astros have the prospects who could help immediately in place, so Jeff Luhnow has the option of drafting the best player available versus the player they need the quickest.

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The Astros have some strong outfield prospects already in the minor leagues with such players as

Brett Phillips


Domingo Santana


Derek Fisher


Teoscar Hernandez

, and Tony Kemp who might be forced to the outfield with Jose Altuve’s presence at second base. So I could see them going Carson Fulmer with this pick, but I’m going to stick with my gut feeling that it will be Tucker.

The Astros currently has a scout that knows Kyle Tucker very well; that’s his older brother Preston Tucker, who is the Astros’ leftfielder. Scouts say that Kyle is way better than Preston, who is pretty good at his own right. The Astros might keep it in the family and draft Kyle Tucker.

Tucker is currently ranked by Baseball-America as the second-best high school hitting prospect for the 2015 draft, behind Brendan Rodgers. Tucker is a better-ranked prospect than his brother was when he was drafted and has one of the purest swings in this year’s draft class. Preston was not drafted out of high school and told me in an interview that he wasn’t ready out of high school. The experts don’t think the same thing about Kyle because he is a more all-around player than his older brother when he was drafted.

Kyle Tucker has a tall and thin frame right now, but the experts believe he can fill out a little with more muscle. When he adds some muscle to him, he should be able to hit a for above-average batting average and gap power. The Astros will probably be choosing between Tucker and Daz Cameron with this pick, but most likely will go with Tucker because of his upside in the power department. (Picture Tucker as a Richie Sexton)

Acting Astros GM: Eric Huysman @Eric_CTH

CTH Astros Draft Targets: Kyle Tucker

Editor Note: This writer has no clue, they will go with Carson Fulmer. Here is his CTH Astros Draft Targets: Carson Fulmer. Vanderbilt pipeline represents…Eric @Eric_CTH

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