Long Time Coming

For the first time in 15 years, the Astros used their first-round pick on a shortstop whom they intend to keep there. They called the name of Jiovanni Mier, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound, righthanded hitting shortstop out of Bonita High in La Verne, Calif., with the 21st overall pick in the 2009 Draft.

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