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Mier Gets Much-Deserved Downtime

Zachary Levine -Premium Content

A year of firsts for shortstop Jiovanni Mier ended with his first time as a professional baseball player just kicking back in Southern California. Of course the offseason is not all play for Mier, the 21st overall pick in the 2009 draft. He'll spend the winter getting his body in shape after a taxing first season. He did not have prolonged negotiations like many of his fellow first-rounders, so he played nearly the whole season for Rookie-level Greeneville.

Majors | #2009#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Long Time Coming

Zachary Levine -Premium Content

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.

Majors | #2009#Houston Astros#Organization Reports