Astros Draft: Six Players Who Could be Picked with 17th Pick

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Jun 20, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Virginia Cavaliers catcher Matt Thaiss (21) looks at his first inning home run in the first inning against the Florida Gators in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Virginia Cavaliers catcher Matt Thaiss (21) looks at his first inning home run in the first inning against the Florida Gators in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mike Thaiss

Jun 20, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Virginia Cavaliers catcher Matt Thaiss (21) looks at his first inning home run in the first inning against the Florida Gators in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Virginia Cavaliers catcher Matt Thaiss (21) looks at his first inning home run in the first inning against the Florida Gators in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports /

The 33rd draft prospect Thaiss according to MLB Pipeline is the catcher for Virgina, who is not highly regarded as a catcher, but better than Collins. Some see Thaiss as a top 10 pick in a weak catcher’s draft class in 2016. The left-hander was drafted later out of high school by the Red Sox (32nd round 2013). He may have only had ten homers this year, but he hits for extra-bases.

Thaiss earned All-American honors for the second time in two years, and while he may have only had ten homers this year, but he has extra-base power. He led Virgina to win the College World Series in 2015. (MLB Pipeline)

2016: .382/ 10 homers/ 56 RBI/ .1068 OPS. (From the Baseball Cube).

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