Astros looking at six for top pick in the Draft

With the Draft about six weeks away, the Houston Astros — owners of the No. 1 overall pick for the second straight year — have narrowed their focus for the top pick down to a half-dozen main candidates. Four of them hail from the college ranks and two are high schoolers.

Most in the industry have felt Houston would be looking pitching, and college pitching in particular, with the top spot. And three of the six candidates do fit that description. Stanford’s Mark Appel, a No. 1 pick potential a year ago, is back and pitching better than he ever has in his Stanford career. He’s joined by Oklahoma ace Jonathan Gray and Indiana State lefty Sean Manaea.

The Astros have one college bat on that final list: San Diego third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant, who has been raking for most of this season.

Finally, there’s the two high school outfielders from Georgia, Austin Meadows and Clint Frazier, to round out the half-dozen.

There might be a couple of players on the periphery — a Colin Moran from North Carolina, perhaps — but those six appear to be the main candidates. All are in the top 10 of MLB.com’s Top 100 Draft prospects list.

Expect the list to stay more or less the same up until Draft time. Don’t be surprised if Houston keeps its options open in case it wants to be creative at the top, like it was with Carlos Correa a year ago.

 

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