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    MLB Draft Tonight!

    I knew it was close but this one caught me by surprise. So far the draft is late in the 1st round and Houston picked #17 this year after having the either the top pick or the 2nd pick in the draft the past several years.
    Houston selected RHP Whitley Forest who just graduated from Alamo Heights High School located in Alamo Heights suburb of San Antonio. Here's the page with the pick and an accompanying video of the young man in action. Notice how big this kid at 18 years old! Sheesh!

    http://m.mlb.com/draft/tracker/#!ft=team&fv=hou

    The draft is in the Lottery A part at the end of Round 1.

    Here are Houston's draft picks in all 40 rounds of the draft. Tonight will be Rounds 1 and 2 and Houston doesn't pick until pick #61. Houston doesn't get any extra picks as they have in past years and it's a long time between 17 and 61.

    2016 Astros Draft PicksRound 1: No. 17 Pick
    Round 2: No. 61 Pick
    Round 3: No. 97 Pick
    Rounds 4-40: The 21st pick in each round

    Something I like about the baseball draft is there isn't a lot of time between picks and not a lot of hoopla. You don't have a huge crowd raising hell like the NFL draft and there have been a lot of old school players and broadcasters making the selections during the draft. Dick Enberg who was a mainstay in NFL coverage on NBC for years is evidently connected to the San Diego Padres. I kind of like the lower key nature of the baseball draft. They don't have ten minutes between picks and you don't have to listen to Roger Goodell make all the picks to choruses of boos prior to each one. Baseball has to get on with it because they have 40 rounds to get through.

    A couple of changes to the rules are a bit interesting.
    1. Draft picks can't be signed to major league contracts, only minor league contracts.
    2. The deadline for signing a contract is mid July instead of mid August as in years past.

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    Re: MLB Draft Tonight!

    Like I said, this draft goes fast. When I first started following the draft they were at pick 31 and less than 40 minutes later they just selected the 55 pick. Houston will be in six more picks.

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    Re: MLB Draft Tonight!

    MLB.com is behind updating their draft tracker. They only show the 56th pick and Houston is on the clock.

    With the 61st pick of the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft is Ronnie Dawson OF from Ohio State. Left hand bat, good speed. I will post the video of him tomorrow when the draft tracker is updated.

    Off to bed now, peace out.

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    Re: MLB Draft Tonight!

    In case you missed it here are both the Houston draft picks from last night via the draft tracker on MLB.com. There is a link to videos of both players in action so you can see for yourself.

    http://m.mlb.com/draft/tracker#!ft=team&fv=hou

    Here are articles from MLB.com about Forrest Whitley and Ronnie Dawson.

    http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article...icid=167757330

    http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article...icid=167757330

    The draft continues today with rounds 3-10 beginning at 1 PM today. The only place to follow the draft is on MLB.com. Houston has but one pick in each round. So far they have address right hand pitching and outfield, i.e. , the bat. IMO they need corner infielders and a catcher and some left hand pitching. I am not turning down anything that will help this ball club but those are the Astros biggest needs as I see it.

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    Re: MLB Draft Tonight!

    Here's a recap of this past weekend's MLB Draft as it pertains to the Astros and also a link to the draft tracker listing all 40 of Houston's draft picks.

    http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article...icid=167757330

    http://m.mlb.com/draft/tracker#!ft=team&fv=hou

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