All the talk of the town has been about what the Astros will do with the second and fifth overall picks in the 2015 MLB Draft. According to Jim Callis’s article, this is the first time in MLB history that a team has possessed two top-five draft picks. These two picks should make Astros fans forget about the Brady Aiken debacle. The minor league system is losing its power with the promotion of several players to the Astros, including Carlos Correa tomorrow.
The Astros also have what is considered a first round pick, in the competitive balance pick they received from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart trade. This pick is the 37th overall pick, which is the first pick in the Competitive Balance Round A via MLB.com 2015 Draft Order. They also have the 46th overall pick in the second round, so they have four picks in the top 50 picks. That 8% of the top-50 draft picks, this is Jeff Luhnow’s moment to shine.
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I predicted in our
that the Houston Astros would take Dansby Swanson or Brendan Rodgers with the second pick and Kyle Tucker with the fifth pick. But they failed to sign three pitching prospects last year, so you would have thought they would have gone pitcher with the first two picks. They still might surprise us and take Carson Fulmer, but they can chase a pitcher with the 37th overall pick.
We are not going to analyze the top-40 prospects, but instead we will look at the pitchers ranked by MLB Pipeline ranked between 30 and 44. This early late in the draft, it’s a hard to predict what’s going to happen because some teams reach. They reach like Astros fan’s reach for their hometown players in fantasy baseball drafts.
Top Pitchers Available 30-44 via MLB Pipeline;
#30 Beau Burrows RHP (Weatherford HS, Texas) – Hard thrower, averages 94 mph, committed to Texas A&M. Has a power curveball, 6’1”. Find out more at MLB Pipeline.
#31 Justin Hooper LHP (De La Salle HS, California) – Hard thrower, tops off at 96-97, but sits in low nineties. Commitment to UCLA. He is 6’7″, and some scouts think he is a potential bullpen pitcher in the future. Find out more at MLB Pipeline.
#32 Cody Ponce RHP (Cal Poly Pomona) – College junior, another tall pitcher at 6’5”. He normally pitches between 91-94. Find out more at
#33 Dakota Chalmers RHP (North Forsyth HS, Georgia) – He has touched 98 miles per hour while pitching, but tends to sit in the low nineties. Has decent breaking secondary pitches. Find out more at MLB Pipeline.
#37 Alex Young LHP (TCU) – He doesn’t throw as fast as the others listed above, but all his pitches have movement on them. Find out more at MLB Pipeline.
#39 Jacob Nix RHP (IMG Academy, Florida) – Moving on, this is not happening. Find out more at MLB Pipeline.
#40 Kyle Cody RHP (Kentucky) – A late bloomer of sorts, struggled first two years at Kentucky, but excelled in his third. Was drafted out of high school, but chose to attend college instead. Find out more at MLB Pipeline.
While this is not a very in-depth look at each player, does any of them stand out to you? Personally, I wouldn’t mind Burrows or Hooper, I doubt that Jeff Luhnow will take a high school pitcher with this pick. If he already drafted Carson Fulmer, then maybe he could draft one of them if they are still on the board.
If the draft followed the exact order as MLB Pipeline‘s order, then the Astros would draft Alex Young. I hope Luhnow has done his homework because we can’t have a repeat of 2014.
According to MyMLBDraft.com, the Astros will pick HS RHP Tristian Beck with the 37th overall pick.
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