Cheers, the Astros sign their first-round pick Seth Beer
Were there any other players they could have drafted that made more sense?
As we look at the Astros draft, we have to keep in mind that the Astros have realigned their scouting department. They don’t have as many people going out to scout, but instead, rely on analytics to make decisions. On this week’s Talking Stros, former scout Jeremy Booth came on the show upset. He felt like the Astros could have made a better selection than Beer with the 28th overall pick.
Let’s take a look at a couple of the high school bats who were available when they were on the clock.
Catcher – Noah Naylor (drafted 29th, ranked 27th)
Outfielder – Nick Schnell (drafted 32nd, ranked 38th)
Notable college pitchers were available at 28.
Shane McClanahan (South Florida, drafted 31st, ranked 14th)
Jackson Kowar (Florida, drafted 33rd, ranked 15th)
It is nothing against Beer as a person, but Booth felt like they could have selected a more impactful player. His primary focus was on Naylor because he would have been the Astros long-term answer at the catching position in a few years. Booth liked Beer but said that he could have been there in the second round of the draft. He even mentioned that 15 teams said Beer would have lasted to the second round to Houston’s pick.