Astros’ Seventh Round Pick – Tyler Buffett (Oklahoma St U)
The 6’1” junior out of Oklahoma State Buffett was drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 draft, and he is coming off a year where he increased his strikeouts from the two years before. He was considered one of the best relievers in the game at a point last year, but he went through a rough patch. He was the team closer with nine saves last year and made three starts going 7-3, which is awesome for someone who pitched out of the bullpen for most of the year.
I can’t find out too much more at this point about Buffett, but he could be tried out as a starting pitching prospect or just be groomed as a closer. He throws four pitches which normally signals a rotation guy, but as the Astros are seeing with Michael Feliz this year, having the arsenal is not that bad. Buffett started the year as the closer but wrapped up as a starter. Maybe the move was to enhance his value for the draft or most likely because of need.
Draft Slot Value: $193,300
I have to do a broadcast now, and I will continue the draft summary later. I don’t want to short any of the top ten round prospects, so this will wait till I have the time to dedicate. The Astros saw some value in all of these players, so hopefully they sign soon and have a great year. Can’t wait to reach out to these guys and get them on Talking Stros soon.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***
***Unless noted, Scouting Infi from MLB Pipeline and Baseball America***