Astros sign 9th-round pick Holberton
The Astros have signed ninth-round pick Brian Holberton, a catcher from the University of North Carolina.
Holberton’s mother, Tobie, told MLB.com on Friday her son signed with Houston on Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C. He will take a physical in the next few days before reporting to rookie-league Tri-City next week.
The signing of Holberton means the Astros have only one unsigned top 10 pick — third-round pick Kent Emanuel, a left-handed pitcher who was a teammate of Holberton at North Carolina.
Holberton hit .308 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs while helping the Tar Heels to the College World Series this year.