Astros 2021 Draft Picks Rounds 3-10
The Astros made nine picks on the first day of the draft with the first pick being in the third round (for the Astros since they didn’t have a pick in the first or second round). Below are the picks!
Rd 3, #87) Tyler Whitaker, OF, Bishop Gorman HS (NV)
With the Astros first pick this draft, they took a prospect who fell right in their laps. Whitaker was ranked the #37 prospect by MLB. Scouts noted that he has a plus arm in the outfield and big raw power. He started as a shortstop and has since moved to the outfield. Whitaker is a good athlete for his size. He has some swing in miss to his game but has the upside to be a big run producer at the major league level. He is 6-4 and 190 lbs.
Rd 4, #117) Alex Ulloa, SS, Calvary Christian Academy (FL)
Ulloa was the #165 prospect by MLB. He is an offensive minded shortstop and scouts fell in love with his bat. He possesses excellent bat speed and above average run times. Scouts think he may have to move off of shortstop and maybe end up at second base, but the bat can play at either position. He is 5-11 and 180 lbs.
Rd 4C, #132) Chayce McDermott, RHP, Ball State
McDermott put together a really good season at Ball State posting a 3.05 ERA with 125 K in 82.2 innings. He has a fastball that works mid 90s and touches 98. His curveball plays as a plus pitch at times and he also has a good changeup. He can be successful as both a starter and reliever. He was ranked #127 by MLB.
Rd 5, #148) Quincy Hamilton, OF, Wright State
Hamilton is already 23 but put up some impressive numbers in his last season at Wright State. He slashed .374/.535/.771 with 15 HR, 20 SB at Wright State in 2021. The left handed outfielder stands 5-10 and weighs 190 lbs.
Rd 6, #178) Spencer Arrighetti, RHP, ULL
Arrighetti is a 21 year old pitcher from Louisiana Lafayette. He attended Cinco Ranch HS in Katy, TX before going to college. At ULL he put up some solid numbers striking out 91 in 83.2 innings his last season.
Rd 7, #208) Joey Loperfido, OF, Duke
Loperfido played outfield all four years for Duke Univeristy. His best season was his last as a senior where he hit .374 with 8 HR, 12 SB. He played solely in CF in 2021 and appears that is where he will project at the big league level. He bats left handed and throws right handed.
Rd 8, #238) Colton Gordon, LHP, Central Florida
Gordon started his college career at Kenosha before transferring to Central Florida. The lefty, who is listed at 6-4 and 225 lbs, started 13 games at Central Florida and had a 2.64 ERA with 96 K in 78.1 innings. He also had Tommy John surgery in May.
Rd 9, #268) Aaron Brown, RHP, Middle Tennessee State
Another Brown drafted by the Astros following Tyler and Hunter the last two years. Aaron started his career at Vanderbilt but transferred to Middle Tennessee State where he posted a 3.99 ERA but had 15 BB/113 K in 85.2 innings in 2021. He stands 6-4 and 220 lbs.
Rd 10, #298) Michael Sandle, OF, University of South Alabama
Sandle was a four year started in the outfield for South Alabama. His best season came as a senior where he slashed .313/.389/.522 with 11 HR and 15 SB in 58 games. He is listed at 5-10 and 185 lbs.
The Astros will make 10 more picks in rounds 11-20 on Tuesday.
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