Astros MOD #4

Let's get straight to business because the draft (The community one) is coming up soon. It's just two days away and I'd like to finalize my draft board for then and get a good read on some targets for the Astros' last pick: #106.

Name Position School Name School Type Floor Ceiling Rank
Mark Zagunis C Virginia Tech 4YR 35 50 106
Solid tools across the board. Good bat to ball ability with professional approach. Can hit one out on occasion. Good athelte for a catcher. Atheltic enough to handle a corner OF spot.

Connor Joe C/1B/OF/SS San Diego 4YR 35 45 193
Interesting player who plays both catcher and short stop. He's fairly new to behind the dish. Line drive swing. Solid athelte but not enough tools to be an impact player.
Joey Pankake 3B South Carolina 4YR 40 50 91
A safe college pick with average tools. He can run a little. He's a solid hitter and can hit for some power but won't be a star. He has a big arm though. Integral on some of the best college teams in recent memory and could outplay his tools.
Tate Blackman 2B/SS Altamonte Springs, FL HS 30 50 217
Simple line drive approach. Good power potential though. Loud contact off the bat. Short swing in game action. Quick twitch guy but I don't see elite. Very good all around player.
Isan Diaz SS/2B Springfield, MA HS 30 50 214

Impressive defender. Good bat - MinorLeagueBall

Diaz, who was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the U.S. when he was 4, has drawn comparisons to former Puerto Rican big leaguer Jose Vidro as a 5-foot-11 lefthanded hitter with a chance to hit. Diaz has evident bat speed, a fluid stroke and makes consistent contact. At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds he has a fairly strong build, especially in his lower half, and could produce double-digit home runs with a steady diet of doubles. A high school shortstop, Diaz has smooth actions, athleticism and tremendous body control, but he fits better at second base because he has a below-average arm. His arm is loose and he can throw from different angles, and he could be an above-average defender at second, though he is a below-average runner. - Baseball America

Nicholas Torres OF Cal Poly 4YR 30 50 323
Torres has been a key cog in the heart of the order for Cal Poly’s best teams in its Division I history over the last two years (the school was NCAA Division II until 1995). A knee injury hampered him in the fall and slowed him down early in the spring, but as he has returned to full strength his bat has come around. His best tool is his above-average raw power, and he also has feel for hitting. He can handle fastballs and recognize offspeed pitches, and he has shown the ability to drive balls from gap to gap, giving him a chance to be an average hitter. Scouts like his blue-collar approach and high energy level. His arm draws average grades from scouts, who project him as an average left fielder in pro ball. - BA
Casey Soltis OF Livermore, CA HS 30 55 313
Soltis has emerged this spring after not attending many national showcase events outside of the Area Code Games. The lefthanded hitter has a well-rounded skill set as an above-average runner with defensive instincts and athleticism. Soltis has a chance to stay in center but more likely fits in right field with at least an average arm. His speed plays well under way and allows him to take extra bases. He has an advanced feel to hit with a short stroke and is a selectively aggressive hitter who tracks pitches well and works counts. He has present strength and shows plus raw power in batting practice, and some scouts think he could hit as many as 20 home runs annually, while others question his power for a corner outfield spot and consider him a tweener. Scouts praise his makeup, work ethic and gamer mentality. Soltis, who turns 19 the day after the draft ends, will be a draft-eligible sophomore if he reaches Oregon. Teams that believe in his bat and profile value him in the top three rounds. - BA
Mitch Keller RHP Cedar Rapids, IA HS 30 55 76

Really easy delivery. Sat 88-91 last summer but touched 95 this spring. Projection is starting to be reality. Slow curve has tightened up this spring but still room for improvement. Fresh arm. Could be a steal for someone if he signs.

Others I am looking at:

  • Trey Supak
  • Jacob Lindgren
  • Nick Wells
  • Sam Clay
  • Jake Cosart

Those are the main targets that I'm looking at but feel free to suggest others. As you can probably tell, I think the bats in this range are more interesting than the pitchers. In earlier rounds, I was trying to avoid SS, 1B, and C because of the present depth and players in the system already but I want to take a chance on these guys.

Finally, I'll set up the War Room saturday morning so that all Astros' fans can chat about the picks and provide some insight. I wish all the other teams good luck and thanks to all for helping me out.

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