Astros’ First-Year Player Draft: Rounds 2-15

With the 61st overall pick, the first in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Astros selected Nolan Fontana, a shortstop from the University of Florida.

Fontana, a junior, has been the everyday shortstop for Florida since he was a freshman. He is considered one of the draft’s safer bets because of his defense and hitting ability.

He is 5-11 and weighs 190 pounds. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

The 61st pick has a slot value of $844,100.

The Astros continue to raid the state of Florida in the draft. They took Carlos Correa, committed to the University of Miami, with the first pick, and grabbed Lance McCullers, committed to Florida, with the 41st overall pick.

With the 96th pick, the Astros selected Brady Rodgers, a right-handed pitcher from Arizona State University. A junior, Rodgers is originally from Richmond, Texas, which is in the Houston metropolitan area.

Rodgers doesn’t throw hard but uses his three secondary pitches — a slider, a changeup and a curve — very well. He throws all of them for strikes and could be a guy who moves quickly through the system.

The 96th pick has a slot value of $495,200.

With the 129th pick, the Astros went with Rio Ruiz, a third baseman from Covina, Calif., and Bishop Amat High School.

Ruiz, who bats left-handed and throws right-handed and is committed to USC, missed most of his senior season after doctors discovered a blood clot in his clavicle. He projects as a run-producing third baseman in the Majors. He is represented by Scott Boras.

The 129th pick has a slot value of $360,200.

With pick 159, the Astros took Andrew Aplin, a center fielder from Arizona State. He is more known for his defensive prowess than his bat.

He had a .313 batting average with six homers and 30 RBIs for the Sun Devils this season. He started all 56 games, making just one error in 145 chances.

In the sixth round, the Astros picked Brett Phillips, a center fielder from Seminole, Fla. They took Fontana’s teammate, left fielder Preston Tucker, in the seventh round. Tyler Heineman, a catcher from UCLA, was picked by the Astros in the eighth round. Daniel Minor, a right-handed pitcher from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi went to the Astros in the ninth round.

Check back here for updates on who the Astros select with their picks on Tuesday.

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A lifelong Astros fan, we have suffered through many bad decisions in recent years. Crane’s decisions (1) to hire Luhnow, and (2) to back off and let his professionals do their job represent great steps forward.

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