Excuse me, as I slide my legs into Bobby Heck's ironed slacks, and tie his shoes tightly onto my feet.
I am very excited about the Astros' draft prospects going in, and although I am wearing the pants [Bobby Heck's pants at that], I appreciate those of you who are willing to advise me. I feel as though, together we can come up with a plan that would most benefit the Astros (hypothetically) and this mock draft.
We are picking four times: 21, 69, 100, and 111.
We should spend this entry preparing a plan of attack. With that in mind, let me share with you my purpose. I believe it is our duty to serve this mock draft by trying our best to become the Astros front office. This will require us to stop thinking, what would we like to see happen, which players are my favorite and begin asking the questions, who are the Astros targeting? Which players best fit Bobby Heck and Ed Wade's draft philosophies? What areas will Houston target and when?
So, with the 21st pick what are the Astros likely to take (and why)? I'm looking for responses like, for example, Houston is definitely looking to take a HS arm in the first round. Last year they scored big with Jordan Lyles and Ross Seaton, they can score a lefty counterpart in Tyler Skaggs in the first round here. Basically what do you think Houston will look to do in the draft, and if you wish to get specific with each pick, feel free to. If you wish to mention a name or two, you are interested in, go ahead and name them, but be sure to give support for that player, how do they fit in Houston's draft plans. We will discuss particular names at a later time. Right now my main is to establish a plan. I want to thank you all for participating and I look forward to reading and discussing your ideas.
The last manner of business would be selecting a deputy scouting director, to manage things when I am not around. If you are interested please say so, I am not in a rush to make that decision, but would like to have the matter settled by next week. I will choose among those interested based on participation, and chemistry. I want someone whose thoughts coincide with mine, but also is willing to disagree, as long as they have solid information to back them up.