Astros Draft Picks: Rounds 3-10
On Day 2 of the MLB Draft, the Astros held 8 picks in the Rounds 3-10. Here are their selections:
Rd 3, #91) Tyler Ivey, RHP, Grayson CC
Ivey was well on his way to becoming one of the better pitchers in the SEC for Texas A&M until he transferred to a JUCO, presumably to become draft-eligible. He possesses a high 90s fastball and his development could be fun to watch as he moves into Pro-Ball.
Rd 4, #121) Peter Solomon, RHP, Notre Dame
Solomon started the year in the rotation for the Irish but ultimately was a bullpen pitcher for much of the year. Though he struggles with command at times, he is a big strikeout pitcher with a low to mid-90s fastball and a four pitch repertoire.
Rd 5, #151) Nathan Perry, C, Bassett HS
A left-handed swinging catcher, Perry isn’t the most athletic behind the dish, making him a prime candidate to move to 1B in pro ball. A power hitter that relies maybe a little too much on his pop at the plate, he’ll need to become more consistent at the plate in pro ball, especially if he moves out from behind the plate.
Rd 6, #181) Jake Adams, 1B, Iowa
71 HR in 3 years of College Baseball tells the story of how much power the NCAA leader in HR for 2017 has. At a JUCO, Adams hit for average and mashed at the same time, making the adjustments he knew he needed to make for D1 Baseball, and went on to be one of the more dangerous hitters in the country for Iowa.
Rd 7, #211) Parker Mushinski, LHP, Texas Tech
Mushinski appeared in 69 games in his 3 years at Tech and logged only 1 start. He struggles with allowing walks but he has the ability to strike out a ton of hitters. He keeps the ball down, allowing only 1 HR in 74 innings over three years and despite the walks he doesn’t allow many other runners on base.
Rd 8, #241) Corey Julks, OF, Houston
One of the more consistent players in the draft, Julks hits for average and has added a bit of pop in his bat. He has a good eye at the plate and has just begun to steal more bases. Defensively he’s a good OF with an average arm and looks to develop into a more complete player in pro ball.
Rd 9, #271) Michael Papierski, C, LSU
Papierski doesn’t have a high average and isn’t in the 20s in HR, but he has come through in the clutch for LSU on numerous occasions. In pro ball he’ll have to come through with the bat, but he is one of the best defensive catchers in this draft.
Rd 10, #301) Kyle Serrano, RHP, Tennessee
Serrano only logged 12 innings in the past two years for Tennessee and left the University in 2017 due to personal medical reasons, but he showed promise in his 4 years. He won’t average 10 strikeouts a game but he will be an effective reliever in pro ball. Should he make a full recovery, his development will be one to watch.
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