Astros have signed 17 Draft picks

The Astros announced Friday the signing of four selections from the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft: first baseman Conrad Gregor (fourth round), catcher Jacob Nottingham (sixth round), outfielder Jon Kemmer (21st round) and outfielder Ronnie Mitchell (38th round). Contract terms were not disclosed. The announcement was made by Astros director of scouting Mike Elias.

The team has yet to announce it, but second-round pick Andrew Thurman told MLB.com earlier Friday he had agreed to terms and would be in Houston on Monday for a physical and to put pen to paper.

Gregor, 21, becomes the Astros highest selection to officially sign since last weekend’s Draft. The first baseman/outfielder out of Vanderbilt hit .308 this season with 48 RBIs and a .440 on-base percentage, while finishing tied for sixth in the country with 54 walks. A Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American, Gregor was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team this summer while Vanderbilt advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. Gregor was signed by Astros area scout Nick Venuto.

“Conrad is an advanced, skilled hitter with a chance to be a dangerous middle-of-the-order bat,” Elias said. “He has a sweet left-handed swing and a very disciplined approach that has worn out opposing pitchers in the SEC and the Cape Cod League.  He has big raw power that we expect will continue to emerge as he develops, and with his speed, he could see time in the outfield as well as first base.”

Nottingham, 18, hit .543 with seven homers and 31 RBIs for Redlands High School in California this season. He was named the 2013 Citrus Belt League MVP, while leading his club to a share of the league title, and also earned 2013 California All-Region Second Team honors. Nottingham was signed by Astros area scout Brad Budzinski.

“Jacob is a very promising young catching prospect,” Elias said. “He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and has shown us big game power along with a plus throwing arm. We are thrilled to get a catcher with his tools and leadership qualities into our system.”

 The Astros have signed 17 of their 40 draft picks this season, including five of their top 10 (not including Thurman). The players agreeing to terms on contracts are listed below.

Rnd (Pick), Player,  School, Ht.-Wt , Assigned to, Date Signed

4 (107), 1B Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt, 6-2, 220, Tri-City, June 13

5 (137), 2B Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt, 5-7, 165, Tri-City, June 12

6 (167), C Jacob Nottingham, Redlands HS (Calif.), 6-3, 200, GCL Astros, June 13

7 (197), OF James Ramsay, South Florida, 5-11, 180, Tri-City, June 10

8 (227), CF Jason Martin, Orange Lutheran HS (Calif.), 5-10, 175, GCL Astros, June 12

13 (377), RHP Kyle Westwood, North Florida, 6-3, 190, Tri-City, June 10

21 (617), OF Jon Kemme, Brewton-Parker College, 6-2, 215, Tri-City, June 13

22 (647), LHP Sebastian Kessay, Scottsdale CC, 6-2, 200, Greeneville, June 10

23 (677), SS Thomas Lindauer, Illinois, 6-2, 175, Tri-City, June 12

25 (737), LHP Albert Minnis, Wichita State, 6-0, 190, Tri-City, June 12

26 (767), RHP William Chrismon, Christopher Newport U., 6-2, 227, Greeneville, June 12

27 (797), RHP Pat Christensen, La Salle, 6-3, 200, Tri-City, June 12

29 (857), LHP Randall Fant, Arkansas, 6-4, 190, Tri-City, June 12

32 (947), RHP Zach Morton, Northwestern, 6-2, 180, Tri-City, June 12

34 (1007), C Brett Booth, Alabama, 5-10, 205, GCL Astros, June 10

38 (1127), OF Ronnie Mitchel, Dallas Baptist, 5-11, 200, Tri-City, June 13

40 (1187), RHP Tyler Brunnemann, Hardin Simmons, 6-2, 225, Greeneville, June 12

2 Comments

Appel is gonna want *B I G* bucks………I hope Luhnow can try to sign the rest of the picks. I’m not betting any money on it.

Sounds like Appel is inked or not far from it. From early reports it looks like they got him for under slot value, if true I’ll be quite surprised!! Glad to see so many picks being signed so quickly!

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