Justin Verlander is the next Houston player in the rankings with a 17.6 ADP placing him taken early in the second round. Another placement that has me scratching my head. He’s the fourth pitcher drafted on average behind Cole, de Grom, and Max Scherzer, and just squeaking by Walker Buehler.
C’mon people, get real! He’s just coming off of a Cy Young Award-winning season! They’re projecting him to win just 17 games in 2020 and posting an ERA of 3.22, a much higher ERA than he’s seen the last two seasons. I don’t know, maybe they’re expecting his age to start taking its toll. But hey, if people want to bypass Verlander, I’d gladly snatch him up later in the draft.
Jose Altuve is the lone Astros in the third round with an average pick of 28.6. His average draft position is only 0.2 behind Gleyber Torres who was the top 2nd baseman in the rankings. Not a bad placement for Altuve to be taken second in his position.
George Springer just missed out making the third round, averaging the first pick (60th overall) of the fourth round. He is the 11th outfielder selected in the consensus draft. Just four spots behind him is Yordan Alvarez with an ADP of 42.2. He ranks 13th among all outfielders and second for the designated hitter position. Although I expect great things out of Alvarez this season, I was a little surprised the experts ranked him this high after just a half of a season under his belt.