Astros Draft: Six Players Who Could be Picked with 17th Pick
By Eric Huysman
Zuech is who Keith Law thinks the Astros will take, is a junior at Pittsburgh and is a right-handed flamethrower. If the Astros take Zuech, they will be taking someone who only allowed three home runs last season. He had 9.56 strikeouts per nine innings and walked 19 batters in the season. Limited by an injury in the first month, Zuech was limited to 10 games pitched this year, going 6-1 with an ERA of 3.10 while striking out 74 batters in 69 2/3 innings. (Pittsburgh website)
Despite missing the time, Pittsburgh’s ace Zuech still made the All-ACC second team. While he can reach 97 and 98 mph occasionally, he normally sits mid-nineties with his fastball. His breaking pitches show promise, but they are not consistent yet.
Prediction: Taken after the Astros pick.
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