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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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Dakota Hudson

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Hudson is another one of the tall college arms in the 2016 draft class, and the Mississippi State junior had a great year in 2016 that shot him up the draft boards. Before this season, Hudson struggled with control, which held him back when he was drafted in the 2013 draft by the Rangers in the 36th round. Won’t it be sweet to rub it in the Rangers face when he comes up?

Hudson can throw in the mid-nineties topping off at 97 mph and his second best pitch is a combo of a slider and cutting fastball. Hudson also has a curveball and changeup that puts him at four pitches that should help him be a successful starter. He apparently has a good pitching frame and throws strikes.

Prediction: Hudson is taken the pick before or after the Astros.

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I’m now going to relax until the draft starts, Jeff Luhnow predicts that the Astros will draft somewhere around 7:30 pm tonight. Who the Astros pick, I don’t know, but I will guess one of the players above. I am predicting Sedlock, but only Luhnow knows.

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***Mock Drafts Used were Keith Law’s 3.0, Baseball America, and CBS Sportsline***

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