The Astros made eight picks on the second day of the draft. Below is a quick run down on the players.
DAY 1 PICKS:
Rd 11, #344) Nehomar Ochoa Jr, OF, Galena Park HS (TX)
Ochoa is a 6’4″, 210 lbs outfielder from Texas. The 17-year-old has some big time power and was phenomenal in high school hitting .602 with 11 HR his senior season. He is committed to the University of Houston.
Rd 12, #374) Anthony Huezo, OF, Etiwanda HS (CA)
Huezo is a young outfielder, who doesn’t turn 18 until November, but has a ton of potential. The lefty swinger has a quick bat and is seen as a plus runner with a strong arm where he should stick in center field.
Rd 13, #404) James Hicks, RHP, South Carolina
Hick is listed at 6’2″ and 190 lbs. The right hander has a low 90s sinker and plus slider. He had a 3.48 ERA with 56 K in 67.1 innings this season for South Carolina.
Rd 14, #434) Jackson Nezuh, RHP, Louisiana Lafayette
Nezuh went from Florida State to ULL where he struck out 100 in 90 innings, despite a higher ERA. He has a mid 90s fastball and a slider and changeup with good potential.
Rd 15, #464) Garret Guillemette, C, Texas
Guillemette transferred from USC to Texas and had a big year hitting .298 with 18 2B, 11 HR and 6o RBI. He is seen as a bat first catcher and is a good clubhouse guy and leader.
Rd 16, #494) Will Bush, C, Tyler JC (TX)
Bush is a well built catcher at 6’4″ and 230 lbs. He is only 19 years old but has some serious power. The left handed hitter has good bat speed and a strong arm behind the plate.
Rd 17, #524) Colby Langford, LHP, Murray State College
Langford is a 6’3″ left handed pitcher who led NJCAA D2 in strikeouts with 128 this season. He won’t blow you away but has great movement on his stuff.
Rd 18, #554) Derek True, RHP, Cal Poly
True was strictly a reliever in college and struck out 38 over 34.1 innings this season. He has a mid 90s fastball with sink and could be a good get for the Astros.
Rd 19, #584) Andrew Duncan, OF, A3 Academy (FL)
Duncan has a great bat with quick hands and good feel on defense. He possesses a ton of raw power and big time potential, but he has a strong commitment to Florida State.
Rd 20, #614) Pascanel Ferreras, SS, Western Carolina
Ferreras is seen as a good defender at shortstop and has some good raw power he has yet to tap into. He hit .325 with 12 HR and a 1.010 OPS last season.
What are your thoughts on the Astros draft class?