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1s.33 Houston Astros - Mike Kvasnicka, 3B, Minnesota

The Astros selected Mike Kvasnicka. Here's his profile:

 

Mike Kvasnicka   Position: C   School: Minnesota   State: MN   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’3’’   Weight: 210

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 12/7/88   Seiler Rating: 1C3   Last Drafted: 2007 (MIN-31)

 

Year

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2008

54

189

23

45

10

1

4

25

2

0

11

49

.238

.289

.365

2009

59

249

48

85

18

2

10

65

5

4

14

54

.341

.388

.550

2010

58

226

49

79

23

2

7

46

4

7

46

25

.350

.462

.562


Mike Kvasnicka is an interesting catching prospect from the University of Minnesota. Kvasnicka came to Minnesota from High School North Lakeville High School in Lakeville, Minnesota, which is about 25 miles south of Minneapolis. Having come from good baseball bloodlines, as his father was a top ten round pick over twenty years ago, the hometown Minnesota Twins kept a close eye on him in high school, and spent a late-round flier on him when he finished school in 2007. He obviously didn’t sign, but that could be a sign of things to come this year. A relatively new catcher, he was a starting right fielder for the Golden Gophers before moving behind the plate out of necessity this spring, as the normal starter was dealing with injury issues. He has the tools to be a solid starting catcher at the Major League level, and even though he’s fairly new to catching, there is a sense of optimism that he can stick behind the plate and won’t have to move back to a corner outfield spot. At the plate, he features an above-average hit tool with average power and plus plate discipline, and that entire package means he’ll be able to play at a corner outfield spot if needed. He’s an average runner underway, and when combined with an above-average arm behind the plate, he gives intriguing defensive potential. He has to work hard on receiving, though, and he’s so raw that it’s hard to know where exactly he’ll end up as a prospect. He could go in the supplemental first round as a solid catching option, and he shouldn’t last through round three.