Houston Colt .45's

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 10 Jason Castro C Stanford Calif. $2,070,000
A catcher most of his prep career, Castro entered this season thought of as a bat first after his strong summer in the Cape Cod League. He hit just .263 combined in his first two seasons at Stanford, then hit .341 in the Cape (second-best in the league), but he played mostly first base or outfield in deference to Florida State's Buster Posey. This spring, Castro has put it all together, showing he can hit for average and power while being Stanford's primary catcher. At 6-foot-3, he's tall but athletic enough to have good lateral movement and agility, and he's improved as a receiver, where he's considered fringe-average at worst. His arm also grades as average, and he's an above-average hitter, particularly for his position. Offensively, Castro stays inside the ball and has a fundamentally sound, strong swing. One scout likened his offensive package to that of former Athletics supplemental first-rounder Mark Teahen, who also played collegiately in the Bay Area, only with more power. In some years, Castro would be the best catcher on the board, but this he's third behind Posey and Southern California prep phenom Kyle Skipworth. He's not expected to last past the first round.
1s 38 Jordan Lyles RHP Hartsville (S.C.) HS S.C. $930,000
Lyles leads the South Carolina high school ranks. Blessed with a clean and easy delivery, Lyles offers a fastball in the upper 80s and can break 90 mph on occasion. He also has room in his 6-foot-4 frame to add strength and velocity. Lyles also throws a curveball and changeup and can command all three pitches. A three-sport star in high school, Lyles is athletic on the mound. He is committed to South Carolina.
2 56 Jay Austin OF North Atlanta HS, Atlanta Ga. $715,000
A teammate of Avery in the East Cobb League, Austin is an athletic outfielder in a draft short on players of his mold. A center fielder with above-average speed and a lefthanded swing, Austin has scouts intrigued with his potential to be a five-tool player at the big league level. He has added power to his game this spring after physically maturing and incorporating his lower half more into his swing. He has plus bat speed and has shown ability to make consistent contact at the high school level. The team that drafts him will be betting that Austin will continue to hit into the pros as the other tools needed are present. Austin can even throw 90 mph off the mound, giving him a plus arm in the outfield. He is still somewhat raw but has a ceiling and would be a great pick for a team with multiple selections early in the draft.
3 88 Chase Davidson 1B Milton (Ga.) HS Ga.
Another alum of the East Cobb program, Davidson is a lefthanded-hitting first baseman with a high offensive ceiling. At 6-feet-5, 216 pounds, he has drawn comparisons to Jim Thome with his approach, plus bat speed and leverage in his swing. While Davidson is known for his impressive displays of power in batting practice, he is still somewhat streaky at the plate during games. He has a tendency to pull off balls, swinging and missing more often than desired. When he stays on the ball, however, Davidson has shown the ability to be a doubles and home run machine. In the field, he's regarded by most teams as a first baseman, but could probably play a corner outfield slot as well. Davidson is a below-average runner but is athletic for his size. While he was a standout defensive football player in high school, he'll have to work to become an average defensive player on the baseball diamond and will always be an offense-first player. With a commitment to Georgia, signability could become an issue on draft day.
3s 109 Ross Seaton RHP Second Baptist HS, Houston Texas $700,000
During the fall, Seaton pitched at 88-89 mph, wasn't a coveted recruit by Texas colleges and projected as a fifth-round talent. But after throwing 90-94 mph all spring and touching 96, Seaton has leapfrogged several others to establish himself as the Lone Star State's best prep pitching prospect. He features a slider than can range from devastating to flat, and an effective changeup. While his secondary pitches are inconsistent, his control isn't, as he throws strikes with ease. His delivery is smooth and easily repeatable. Big and strong at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he's also a quality athlete who will see action as a two-way player if he attends Tulane, following in the tradition of Micah Owings and 2005 Astros first-round pick Brian Bogusevic. As an outfielder, Seaton offers power, arm strength and average to plus speed. A lefthanded hitter, he also has shown the ability to make adjustments at the plate. Nevertheless, he'll focus on pitching if he turns pro. Though he's a good student, Seaton is expected to sign if he's drafted in the early rounds. The Astros have shown a lot of interest in the local product and could target him with their sandwich-round pick at No. 38.
4 122 T.J. Steele OF Arizona Ariz. $267,000
Steele played at Canyon del Oro High, a powerhouse program in Tucson that is the alma mater of big leaguers such as Chris and Shelley Duncan and Ian Kinsler, among others. He stayed in Tucson for college and has been a three-year starter at Arizona. Steele's athletic ability stands out in a college class short on such players. He's a plus runner with good range in center field; combined with his instincts and adequate arm, he's an above-average defender. Steele has raw power potential and good instincts to go with his speed on the bases, and potentially could be a middle-of-the-order, 20-homers, 20-steals threat. However, Steele's bat lacks refinement, mostly due to too much aggressiveness and too little pitch recognition. Miscast as a leadoff hitter, Steele gets himself out early in counts too often and isn't patient enough to bring his plus raw power to the fore. Steele isn't the average college draft pick in several ways and should take more time to develop than most. But in a year nearly devoid of college outfielders with upside, he stands out.
5 152 David Duncan LHP Georgia Tech Ga. $185,000
A highly touted recruit in 2005, Duncan was the top prep prospect in Ohio in his senior season and was drafted in the 14th round by the Twins, but he turned down pro ball to go to Georgia Tech. After starting 30 games in his first two college seasons, Duncan was eligible again as a sophomore and was selected by the Nationals in the 23rd round last year. He again elected not to sign and returned to Georgia Tech as its Friday night starter this season. Lefthanded and 6-feet-8, Duncan is an imposing figure on the mound, throws four pitches for strikes and still has projection as a starter. He complements his 88-92 mph fastball with a curveball, changeup and split-finger. The split is Duncan's out pitch and with its late sinking action, has the potential to be a plus pitch in the pros. While he does have decent strikeout numbers, Duncan is more of a groundball pitcher who thrives on the plane created from his height and his ability to pitch down in the zone.
6 182 J.B. Shuck OF Ohio State Ohio $150,000
Shuck made the all-Big 10 Conference team as both a pitcher and an outfielder. Some scouts like him as a Sam Fuld-type outfielder, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound gamer who gets the most out of fringy tools. Shuck is a contact hitter who struck out just 24 times in three college seasons, and he can use his solid speed and fine instincts to steal bases. He also plays a quality center field and throws well, though his power is limited. Others prefer Shuck on the mound, where he can locate his high-80s fastball and changeup to both sides of the plate. He needs to be more aggressive rather than nibbling at the corners, and his breaking ball is just a show-me pitch.
7 212 Jon Gaston OF Arizona Ariz. $150,000
Arizona's position players offer mostly mediocrity after the dynamic T.J. Steele. Jon Gaston should be the first one picked due to his present strength, decent athleticism and lefthanded bat. He's not athletic but runs and throws average.
8 242 Brad Dydalewicz LHP Lake Travis HS, Austin Texas $425,000
Lefthander Brad Dydalewicz missed the 2007 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while playing football, but he has returned to top out at 93 mph this spring. He's just 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, so he generates his impressive velocity with a slinging, maximum-effort delivery that makes it tough for hitters to pick the ball up. His second pitch is a slurvy breaking ball and he needs a lot of polish. Though he has committed to Arizona, scouts expect him to sign.
9 272 Luis Cruz LHP Academia Santa Monica, San Juan, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Were he a bit taller, lefthander Luis Cruz's draft stock might soar. As it is, Cruz is listed as 5-foot-9 but is still the best lefthander out of Puerto Rico. He may have the best stuff as well. His fastball works at 88-91 mph, touching 92 with late sink. His changeup is an above-average pitch, and his curveball shows potential with quick bite but is still inconsistent. Cruz works with clean mechanics, a loose arm and gets extension out front, but his size has scouts thinking he's a future reliever.
10 302 Jarred Holloway LHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Lefthander Jarred Holloway began his college career at Mississippi State but transferred to St. Petersburg JC after his freshman year. He has two above-average pitches, but like so many juco pitchers struggles with command. Holloway's fastball sits between 89-92 mph, and at 6-feet-3 he pitches with good downward plane. His second pitch is a slider that is inconsistent but at times devastating.
11 332 Jacob Priday OF Missouri Mo.
Missouri's school record-holder for career homers (49) and RBIs (240), Jacob Priday did a lot of damage in both categories when he went deep four times and drove in nine runs against Texas in mid-April. Priday, who played at Sikeston (Mo.) High with Dodgers rookie sensation Blake DeWitt, joined the Tigers as a catcher but tore his labrum in 2007. He has spent most of his time at DH since, but a pro team may put him back behind the plate, where he once showed an average arm and decent receiving skills. If not, he'll be a corner outfielder.
12 362 Jeff Hulett SS Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) CC Fla.
13 392 Kyle Godfrey RHP Hiwassee (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
14 422 Chris Hicks RHP Georgia Tech Ga. $150,000
Closer Chris Hicks has shown plus arm strength this season, throwing 92-95 mph out of the bullpen. Hicks' fastball is heavy but at times can be too true, and poor command made him hittable and led to a 7.11 ERA. Hicks also throws a curveball, split-finger and knuckle-curve. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, he's projectable if he can harness his command.
15 452 Phil Disher C South Carolina S.C.
16 482 Josh Poytress LHP Fowler (Calif.) HS Calif.
17 512 Andy Simunic 2B Tennessee Tenn.
18 542 David Flores 3B Sacramento State Calif.
19 572 Ashton Mowdy RHP Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla.
20 602 Shea Robin C Vanderbilt Tenn.
Shea Robin is another Vandy senior who should get drafted. A solid catcher behind the plate, Robin handles pitching staffs well.
21 632 Rodarrick Jones OF St. John HS, Plaquemine, La. La.
22 662 Terrance Jackson LHP North Central Texas JC Texas
23 692 Chase Huchingson LHP Arkansas-Fort Smith JC Ark.
Freshman Chase Huchingson is a projectable 6-foot-5, 185-pound lefty who can pitch into the low 90s with his fastball, but everything else is a work in progress.
24 722 Danny Meier OF Portland Ore.
Portland's Dan Meier has more tools than his Oregon State counterparts. He runs well for his size, enough to fill in in center field, and has shown improved power at the plate. He sells out and strikes out too much, but when he connects he can put a charge in the ball, as he tied for the West Coast Conference lead with 15 homers through the regular season. His best tool is his arm, and he's athletic enough for either outfield corner.
25 752 Mike Hacker LHP Cosumnes River (Calif.) CC Calif.
26 782 Shane Wolf LHP Ithaca (N.Y.) N.Y.
27 812 Nate Pettus RHP Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
28 842 Zach Grimmett RHP Beggs (Okla.) HS Okla. $100,000
29 872 Chris Jackson SS Virginia Commonwealth Va.
Third baseman Chris Jackson is a plus defender in the infield and a gap-to-gap hitter at the plate
30 902 Mike Diaz 2B Southern Connecticut State Conn.
31 932 Philip Rummel RHP Kutztown (Pa.) Pa.
Kutztown's Philip Rummel went 7-5, 3.11 as a senior this spring and should get a look late on the merits of his 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame and feel for pitching. Rummel's fringy fastball sits in the 87-90 mph range, and he complements it with a decent split-finger and a show-me curveball. He's old even for a senior, but his frame is enticing.
32 962 B.A. Vollmuth SS Biloxi (Miss.) HS Miss.
Vollmuth, committed to Southern Miss, is a middle infielder now but will likely move to a corner before reaching the pros. His best tool is his raw power.
33 992 Shawn Armstrong RHP West Craven HS, Vanceboro, N.C. N.C.
Shawn Armstrong was the top high school pitching prospect in the state entering the season but battled a sore arm this spring. His fastball velocity dropped from 93 to 87 mph, and his curveball lacked the bite it had in the summer. Armstrong is committed to East Carolina.
34 1022 Jordan Jankowski C Peters Township HS, McMurray, Pa. Pa.
35 1052 Rene Garcia C Colegio Sagrada Familia HS, Corozal, P.R. P.R.
36 1082 Austin Wood RHP Niceville (Fla.) HS Fla.
37 1112 Kirkland Rivers LHP Texas A&M Texas
38 1142 Kris Castellanos LHP Newsome HS, Lithia, Fla. Fla.
39 1172 Tyson Van Winkle C Gonzaga Wash.
40 1202 Scott Lawson 2B Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
41 1232 Tony McClendon OF Damien HS, La Verne, Calif. Calif.
42 1262 Ryan Danbury OF North Florida CC Fla.
43 1292 Austin Green C Henry HS, San Diego Calif.
44 1322 Edmond Sparks C Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
45 1351 Grayson Garvin LHP Wesleyan School, Norcross, Ga. Ga.
Grayson Garvin is a projectable lefthander whose fastball has been seen in the 90s, but his velocity has been inconsistent as he also been gunned in the mid-80s. At 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, Garvin has room to grow and could be throwing in the low 90s in a few years as he has a clean arm action. He throws a curveball with plus projection but leans on it too much. He also offers a changeup and has command of all three pitches. Garvin is committed to Vanderbilt.
46 1379 Mike Modica LHP George Mason Va.
47 1406 Nathan Metroka OF Compton (Calif.) CC Calif.
48 1433 Danny Meszaros RHP College of Charleston S.C.
49 1460 Chase Lehr RHP Glendale (Ariz.) CC Calif.
50 1487 Jamal Austin OF Harrison HS, Kennesaw, Ga. Ga.