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Astros Minor Leaugers on the move

With George Springer heading to Double-A Corpus Christi and Delino DeShields Jr. on his way to high Class A Lancaster, the Astros have begun to shuffle some prospects for the final few weeks of the Minor League season. Here’s who’s on the move:

LHP Kenny Long from Tri-City to Lancaster

OF Andrew Aplin from Tri-City to Lancaster

2B Delino DeShields Jr. from Lexington to Lancaster

OF Enrique Hernandez from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

SS Jose Martinez from Corpus Christi to Oklahoma City

SS Chan Moon from Lancaster to Lexington

SS Yoel Silfa from Dominican Summer League to Gulf Coast League

C Jobduan Morales from Tri-City to Lexington

Cristian Moronta from Lexington to Tri-City

RF Emilio King from Lexington to Tri-City

IF Matt Downs from Astros to Oklahoma City

OF J.D. Martinez from Astros to Oklahoma City


Springer headed to Houston, but talks to first

Astros first-round draft pick George Springer, who signed with the club late Monday for a $2.525 million bonus, will meet the Houston media as a group for the first time Friday when he has a press conference at Minute Maid Park before taking batting practice on the field.

This will be Springer’s second visit to Houston – the first coming earlier this month when he was in town for a few hours to undergo his physical. Prior to meeting with the media as a whole, Springer was gracious enough to grant his third interview with since being drafted.

“I’m extremely excited to get going and move forward and 100 percent relieved that’s it’s done,” Springer said of the signing. “I can just strictly focus on playing baseball.”

Springer, 22, was drafted with the No. 11 overall pick out of the University of Connecticut, where he hit .343 with 12 homers, 77 RBIs, 31 stolen bases and a .450 on-base percentage during his junior season. The center fielder will begin his career at Tri-City, but not before spending a few days at the Astros’ Spring Training facility in Kissimmee, Fla.

“I’m just looking forward to getting in and getting started and to compete for a job,” he said.

Considering his age, his tools and the Astros’ track record of moving players quickly through the system, it’s not a stretch to think Springer could be getting his feet wet at the Major League level late next year. The Astros’ center field position has opened up substantially since the team traded Michael Bourn last month.

Instead of competing with a two-time Gold Glove winner and an All-Star, he’ll eventually be in the mix with Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Jay Austin and Austin Wates. Springer isn’t putting any kind of timetable on his path to the Majors, but he did make one promise.

“I’m a player that will play as hard as I can possibly play day in and day out,” he said. “I like to have fun, but I will play hard and do whatever I have to do to win.”

Springer instantly becomes one of the top Minor League prospects in an Astros’ Minor League system that has been infused with young talent in the last month with the trades of Jeff Keppinger, Hunter Pence and Bourn. With talent like Springer, Jared Cosart and Jonathan Singleton leading the way, the next crop of young talent could be hitting Houston soon.

“Hopefully down the road some of these young players will hopefully be in their primes and propel the Astros to where they want to be, which is on top of the division and competitive for the foreseeable future,” Springer said.

Before Springer hung up the phone, I jokingly reminded him he wouldn’t need a jacket for his trip to Houston, which has seen 100-degree-plus temperatures for 19 consecutive days.

“That’s unbelievable,” he said.

Thank goodness for the roof.

Astros sign Springer, Armstrong

The Astros got their men late Monday night, signing first-round pick George Springer and third-round pick Jack Armstrong, announcing the deals just after the 11:01 p.m. CT deadline. Springer got a $2,525,000 bonus, and Armstrong signed for $750,000, according a person with knowledge of the situation.

“This was a contentious day, but at the end of it we got the two prime guys we set out to get over the last couple of months,” Astros assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck said. “At the end of the day, we knew both kids wanted to play.”

Springer, 22, was drafted with the No. 11 overall pick out of the University of Connecticut, where he hit .343 with 12 homers, 77 RBIs, 31 stolen bases and a .450 on-base percentage during his junior season. He will likely begin his career at Tri-City.

“He stayed in shape,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said. “We had a chance when he came in for his physical the other day to see him firsthand, and he’s in pretty good shape. I’m sure he’s going to be able to bounce back and do whatever we ask.”

Armstrong, 21, appeared in 13 games for Vanderbilt, going 9-1 with a 2.65 ERA while striking out 17 batters in 17 innings. The 6-foot-7 right-hander spent his summer pitching in the Cape Cod League to re-establish his value after injuries slowed him down in college this spring.  He’s the son of former Major League pitcher Jack Armstrong Sr.

“It was a full family decision, just talking with my dad and mother and my brother and sister,” Armstrong told via phone. “It was the right time, the right fit and the right people. I’m excited to get my professional career going and I think it’s with the right organization.”

The Astros signed 35 of their top 50 picks this season, including their top 13 selections.

Armstrong feeling healthy, not focused on deadline

A week away from the deadline for team’s to sign players selected in June’s First-Year Player Draft, Astros third-round pick Jack Armstrong – a 6-foot-7 pitcher from Vanderbilt – isn’t concerning himself with the approaching deadline.

“I’m not too anxious,” he said. “My dad [former Major League pitcher Jack Armstrong] has done a good job making sure I’m focused on what matters, and that’s playing baseball and pitching. Whatever happens, happens. I have two good options next year, either going back to school or signing with the Astros.”

Armstrong, who has one year of eligibility remaining at Vanderbilt, has been pitching in the Cape Cod League this summer to re-establish his value. He experienced some tightness in his elbow late last month and has been moved to the bullpen, but Armstrong said Monday he’s healthy and hoping to make a start in the Cape Code playoffs.

“I’m feeling really good,” he said. “I threw an inning a couple of days ago and it felt good. [The injury] was just a little too much too soon out of my college season and being a relief guy and then jumping into 70, 80 pitches right away. It’s nothing major.”

Astros assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck expects Armstrong to come to Houston for a physical as soon as his Yarmouth-Dennis team is eliminated, which could happen later this week. First-round pick George Springer, who’s also unsigned, passed a physical last week in Houston.

“We’ve gotten signs that [Armstrong] wants to start his professional career, and we plan to be aggressive with him,” Heck said. “Obviously, it’s a lifetime between now and Monday night. It’s something we think is going to go down to the end, not because we’re far apart in negotiations, just because we’re working with him still playing and the plan is to get him here in front of [team medical director] Dr. [David] Lintner at some point. The physical part is going to be imperative to the negotiating process.”

Springer enjoys Houston visit

Astros first-round pick George Springer III made his first visit to Houston on Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t to sign a contract. Springer took and passed a team physical, getting the procedure out of the way in advance of the Aug. 15 signing deadline.

Springer briefly visited Minute Maid Park before hopping a plane back to his home in Connecticut.

“It’s an incredible ballpark,” Springer told “The atmosphere and the whole feel of the stadium was something special to me. [Houston] is an incredible place. I didn’t know it was as big as it was.”

Springer, 21, was drafted with the No. 11 overall pick out of the University of Connecticut, where he hit .343 with 12 homers and 77 RBIs with 31 stolen bases and a .450 on-base percentage during his junior season. He briefly met Astros manager Brad Mills on Friday.

“He seemed like a great guy,” Springer said. “He’s a baseball guy and was fun to be around for a while. I was only there a short time. It was basically in and out.”

Astros general manager Ed Wade wanted to get the physical done in case Springer signs near the deadline.

“If this thing drifts to the Aug. 15 deadline, we don’t have to set our hair on fire at that point to try to get an agreement in place,” Wade said. “He passed it with flying colors. It was an in-and-out deal. [Team medical director] Dr. [David] Lintner and the people at Methodist Hospital paved the way for him. The hard part is done. Now the easy part comes, getting him signed.”

Wade said he expects negotiations to continue until the deadline. The Astros are hoping to sign Springer, third-round pick Jack Armstrong, who’s currently pitching in the Cape Cod League, and 13th-round pick Horace Stubblefield, a right-handed pitcher from Lufkin, Texas.

Springer met with independent team

Astros first-round draft pick George Springer III, an outfielder from the University of Connecticut, met Saturday with the general manager of the Long Island Ducks to explore his options for beginning his professional career in case he doesn’t sign with Houston.

Springer’s father, George Springer Jr., attended the meeting with his son and told it was nothing more than trying to establish some options in case his son can’t reach an agreement with the Astros by the Aug. 15 deadline. The Astros selected Springer III with the No. 11 pick in June First-Year Player Draft.

“Obviously, whatever discussions are going on with the Astros are going to be kept between us and the Astros, and hopefully we can reach some agreement,” Springer Jr. said. “We have to prepare for all contingencies if that doesn’t happen. I don’t want anybody to read into it more than that.”

Astros general manager Ed Wade had no comment.

If the Astros and Springer III don’t reach an agreement, the outfielder would return to next year’s First-Year Player Draft and the Astros would receive compensation in the form of a draft pick. The Long Island Ducks play in the Atlantic League, which isn’t affiliated with a Major League team.

“This is one of the many options George would have and this was sort of an initial conversation with the Astros,” Springer Jr. said. “We’re looking forward to it, but if that doesn’t happen he needs to be prepared for the next stage of his baseball career.”

Springer Jr. said his son returning to Connecticut isn’t a likely option.

“I do think he is prepared, and it’s been told to the Astros, that he’s prepared to start his professional career,” he said. “I think he’s looking forward to that. I don’t think going back to school is a real option for him. He’s looking forward to starting his career, and hopefully that’s with the Astros.”

Astros, Springer exchange offers

With the deadline to sign Draft picks a month away, the Astros have exchanged contract proposals with first-round selection George Springer, an outfielder from the University of Connecticut who was taken with the No. 11 overall pick in last month’s First-Year Player Draft.

Bobby Heck, the Astros’ assistant general manger/director of scouting, said the team has been engaged in contract talks with Springer’s representatives and was confident the two sides would be able to reach a deal prior to next month’s deadline. The Astros tendered Springer a contract offer, received a proposal in return and have sent back a counter-offer.

“The pace I would say is more of a walk-stroll than it is a jog or a run right now,” Heck said. “With a month left, hopefully George seizes the opportunity and sees getting started this summer can be beneficial for him and that we’ve shown a track record of moving players, especially of his caliber.”

Meanwhile, the Astros have been keeping tabs on third-round pick, junior right-hander Jack Armstrong of Vanderbilt, while he pitches in the Cape Cod League this summer. He’s started two games for Yarmouth-Dennis in the wooden bat league and has allowed 10 hits and five earned runs in 8 2/3 innings.

Astros Day 2 draft recap

The Astros have selected 30 players through the first two days of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. So far, the Astros have selected nine right-handed pitchers, five left-handed pitchers, eight infielders, seven outfielders and one catcher.

“We accomplished our goal in taking the best talent and just stayed true to our board as much as we could throughout the day,” said Astros assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck. “We feel good about what we were able to add to our stable here. We’ve made progress today. Even if the grade of this draft is not going to come out for a few years, we’re happy with what we got.”

The Astros selected 23 of their 30 selections so far out of the collegiate ranks.

“We’ve got more pitching depth in the system now and have continued to build that pitching depth through the draft,” said Astros general manager Ed Wade. “Our philosophy is to take the best athlete available at that point in time. The exercise right now is for Bobby and his guys to rank these people, line them up, and make sure we’re getting the best player at the end of the day. So far, as things have gone, we’re pleased.”

Today’s portion of the draft included rounds 2-30 out of a scheduled 50. The final day of the draft will resume tomorrow beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT. and will include rounds 31-50.

ASTROS SELECT SPRINGER WITH FIRST PICK (11TH OVERALL): The Astros selected outfielder George Springer with their first pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft yesterday.

Springer, 21, is hitting .350 (83×237) with 12 home runs, 31 stolen bases and 77 RBI in 64 games this season. He’s the everyday center fielder and three-hole hitter for the Huskies, who advanced to the Super Regionals last night. Connecticut will now face South Carolina for a three-game series beginning on Saturday.

“We’re very pleased,” Heck said. “Throughout the year, he was a priority guy for us. He’s very athletic, he’s strong, he’s big and we think he has a chance to steal bases and hit home runs. As for his makeup, our reports say he’s off the charts, intelligence, solid family background, good teammate, good academics and the great combination of speed and power.”

Springer, a junior, was named the 2011 Big East Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection for the 2011 All-Big East First Team. He currently leads the conference in RBI, while ranking fifth in hitting. Springer has hit at least .337 in his three seasons at Connecticut and throughout his career has also been named to the 2010 All-Big East Second Team, was the 2009 Big East Rookie of the Year and a 2009 Silver Slugger All-American.

“We’re excited for several reasons,” Wade said. “He was our top-rated pick left on our board when it was our turn to pick, so we’re happy we got him. Obviously, first-round picks are important, but our philosophy is that every pick us huge for us. Creating depth in our system is critical to what we are trying to do here.”

Springer becomes the first outfielder selected by the Astros in the first round, not including supplemental selections, since 1988, when the club selected OF Willie Ansley. Springer was scouted by Astros amateur scout John Kosciak.

The following is the complete list of the Astros 2011 draft selections on days 1-2:

Note: All biographical information is compiled from media web sites,, school web sites and college sports information departments.
First Round (#11): OF George Springer, University of Connecticut
2009 .358 56/54 212 75 76 14 3 16 57 12
2010 .337 64/64 243 84 82 16 4 18 62 33
2011 .350 64/64 237 60 83 23 3 12 77 31
Notes: Ranked 2nd as a centerfielder by Baseball America, 11th overall for position players, entering the 2011 draft…voted Best College Athlete by Baseball America…21-year-old outfielder stands at 6-foot-3, 200 lbs….was the Cape Cod League’s No. 2 prospect in summer of 2010…2010: Played in a UConn record breaking 64 games leading the team in plate appearances with 318…broke Husky records; walking 60 times and scoring 84 runs… led the team in on-base percentage (.491)… had 33 stolen bases in 35 tries…registered only one error and had a .993 fielding percentage…ABCA Northeast Region First Team…All-New England Second Team…All-Big East Second Team…played for the USA Collegiate Team…batted .292 in 18 games with Team USA, while adding 21 hits, 12 runs and two home runs… 2009: First UConn player in the history of the program to be named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year…led the team with 75 runs scored, 16 home runs and 57 RBI, while being third in hits with 76…became one of the Huskies’ most successful freshmen in program history as he climbed atop the UConn single-season record book with 16 home runs, the most in a single-season by a freshman…also earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team, becoming the first UConn player to do so since the 2006 season…holds the school record with the most runs scored in a single-season with 75, while his 16 homers puts him into a three-way tie in third place on the UConn single-season home runs list…he was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on May 3, marking the first weekly honor for the UConn ballclub in 2008 and 2009…he batted .358 in 56 games played… added 75 runs and 57 RBI to his tally as he stole 12 bases…he recorded 14 doubles and three triples…was named a Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA Freshman All-American and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American….earned a spot on the ABCA Northeast First Team…played in the NEIBA All-Star game…Played for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL)…named to the CCBL Year-End All-Star Team…earned the Silvia Bigelow Award from the Gatemen ballclub…batted .261 with three home runs and 25 RBI… High School: A four year varsity letter winner at Avon Old Farms…All-New England in 2007 and 2008…with Team Connecticut, won the 2008 National Championship in Nashville, Tenn….previously selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 48th round of the 2008 draft but did not sign…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout John Kosciak.

Second Round (#69): RHP Adrian Houser, Locust Grove HS (Oklahoma)
2011 0.62 10-1 62.0 28 125
Notes: Right-hander (6-3, 190) ranked 135th as a pitcher by Baseball America…18-year-old senior recorded 125 strikeouts in 62.0 innings pitched…helped Locust Grove HS to the 2011 Class 4A State Championship in Oklahoma…2011 Rawlings Perfect Game 3rd Team All-American West – All Region 1st Team…2010 Rawlings Perfect Game Underclass All-American and All-Region High Honorable Mention…2010 Under Armour All-America Game participant…participant in 2009 Rawlings Perfect Game South Underclass Showcase…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Jim Stevenson.

Third Round (#99): RHP Jack Armstrong, Vanderbilt University
2011 2.65 0-1 13 0 0 17.0 6 18 17
Notes: Right-hander stands at 6-foot-7, 225 lbs… 21-year-old ranked 152nd as a pitcher by Baseball America…2011: Made his season debut striking out the side around two walks and a hit batter against Purdue 3/15…2010: Went 7-4 with a 4.71 ERA in 16 starts on the mound as a sophomore… 2009: Went 0-0 with a 12.91 ERA in six relief appearances on the season…struck out eight batters in 7.2 innings of work on the season…went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in four at-bats as pinch hitter on the year…named a Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star after going a team best 4-1 with 2.57 ERA while striking out 31 in 35 innings of work for Wareham…recipient of the Albert Bigelow Award, an award given to the team’s most outstanding pitcher…Armstrong’s four wins tied for tops in the CCBL…was named Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week by the CCBL after tossing complete game shutout against Hyannis…High School: Named 2007-08 Second Team All-Conference and AFLAC All-American Team…was also named the 2008 Rawlings Preseason All-American and First Team All-Region Baseball…2008 Homerun Derby winner…helped his team to the 2007 conference championship…played on an All-American Prospects team…ranked among the nation’s top-200 draft prospects by Perfect Game…three-year letter winner and starter in baseball and basketball…named 2007-08 First Team All-Conference in Basketball and also 2008 MVP at Naples Daily Shoot-out Tournament…led basketball team to 2008 District Championship…previously drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 36th round of the 2008 draft but did not sign…father, Jack Sr., pitched seven years in the Major Leagues with Cincinnati, Cleveland, Florida and Texas…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Nick Venuto.

Fourth Round (#130): LHP Christopher Lee, Santa Fe Community College (Florida)
2011 2.85 3-3 12 6 0 41.0 25 13 21 42
Notes: Left-handed pitcher stands at 6-foot-2, 165 lbs…18 yr. old recorded 42 strikeouts in 41.0 innings pitched this season…participant in the 2010 and 2009 Rawlings Perfect Games – earning 2010 Florida Region Honorable Mention honors…native of Robinson, FL…previously drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 37th round of the 2010 draft but did not sign…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Larry Pardo.

Fifth Round (#90): RHP Nick Tropeano, Stony Brook University (New York)
2011 1.84 12-1 14 14 4 93.0 23 19 24 119
Notes: Right-hander is a native of West Islip, NY…20-year-old pitcher stands at 6-foot-4, 205 lbs…went 12-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 14 starts for Stony Brook…recorded 119 strikeouts in 93.0 innings pitched with four complete games…held opponents to a .191 (63×330) average… 2010: Named America East Co-Pitcher of the Year …selected a third team all-american by College Baseball Lineup…named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Northeast Region first team…a three-time America East Pitcher of the Week …went 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 14 starts…struck out an America East best 106 batters in 99.2 innings…ERA mark ranked 22nd in the country…was 17th in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (6.86)…had the best ERA in the America East during conference play (1.29)…led the conference in strikeouts per game (9.6), complete games (seven) and innings per start (7.1)…went at least 7.0 innings in 10 starts… 2009: Named Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Pitcher of the Year…named to America East All-Rookie team …went 5-1 in 58.0 innings of work…made 14 appearances including eight starts…hurled team-high four complete games…ranked third in the America East in strike outs per game (7.76) … picked up first collegiate victory with 4.0 innings of relief in win over IPFW (3/7)… High School: Played three years of varsity baseball at West Islip HS…a co-captain as senior…a 2008 All-County and All-Long Island selection…a 2007 All-League pick…led team to a 23-5 record and Suffolk Class AA championship in 2008…went 8-1 with a 1.50 ERA as a senior, striking out 83 in 64.0 innings of work…earned two varsity letters in football at West Islip…a captain and All-County selection as senior…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout John Kosciak and Part-Time Scout Ed Fastaia.

Sixth Round (#190): LF Brandon Meredith, San Diego State University
2011 .272 55/52 191 44 52 15 4 5 38
Notes: 6-2, 225 lbs… named a preseason second-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America … played during summers of 2009 and 2010 for the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League…. was the first high school player to hit a home run at PETCO Park, a feat he accomplished on April 12, 2008, in a contest vs. Eastlake HS … played baseball for three summers (2006-08) with the San Diego Show team that was ranked among the top 15 in the nation … Drafted in the 15th round by the Tampa Bay Rays in June 2008… 2010: A 2010 first-team all-Mountain West Conference selection … led the league in hitting with a .489 batting average and in on-base percentage at .575 … tied for first with 29 runs scored and was third in hits with 43 … his .705 slugging percentage placed ninth in the final MWC-game stats … led the Aztecs in hitting overall with a .383 average … second on the squad in runs, hits, home runs and runs batted in … had a team-leading .484 on-base percentage in all games … had a 10-game hitting streak entering the MWC tourney at the end of the season during which he batted 500 (21-for-42) 17 runs scored and 17 RBI … drove in at least one run in 11 of the final 12 games of the season … tied for second on the team lead with 23 multiple-hit contests and was one of only two Aztecs with a five-hit performance … his 15 multiple-RBI contests led the team … Hitting .432 with runners in scoring position … His five RBI at Air Force on April 9 and his 5 hits on April 10 were both career bests … 2009: Started 63 times as a true freshman … primarily a first baseman who also made seven starts in the outfield (three in left and four in right) … named to the second-team all-Mountain West Conference squad as a first baseman … named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Regional in Irvine … hit a pair of home runs in the win over Fresno State at the Regional … finished the regular season by hitting safely in 12 of the last 13 games during which he went 18-for-49 (.367) with 15 runs scored and five runs batted in … his 25 multiple-hit games tied for the team lead while his 12 multiple-RBI efforts ranked second on the squad … his 17 doubles, 53 runs scored and 33 walks were the second-most on the team lead while his 44 RBI ranked third … Committed only one error over SDSU’s final 30 games of the season… High School: Won four varsity letters as a baseball player at Montgomery High School in San Diego … batted .516 as a senior, winning first-team all-state honors … as a junior, hit .420 and was a second-team all-state selection … chosen South Bay League player of the year both as a junior and senior … batted .320 both as a freshman and sophomore … scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Brad Budzinski.

Seventh Round (#220): CF Javaris Reynolds, King HS (Florida)
Notes: Outfielder stands at 6-foot-2, 200 lbs…18-year-old native of Tampa, FL…played 2010 summer league ball for the Hillsborough County National 18U team….scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Larry Pardo.

Eighth Round (#250): RHP Brandon Culbreth, Forsyth Country Day School (North Carolina)                                                                                                                                          Notes: Right-handed pitcher stands at 6-foot-3, 200 lbs….2011 Rawlings Perfect Games Atlantic – All Region Second Team…2010 Underclass All-American and All-Region Honorable Mention…participant in the 2009 Rawlings Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout J.D. Alleva.

Ninth Round (#280): RHP Jonas Dufek, Creighton University
2011 2.08 12-1 18 16 2 112.2 28 29 128
Notes: Right-handed pitcher from Omaha, NE…6-5, 210 lbs….22 year old recorded 128 strikeouts in 112.2 innings pitched… 2010: Named second team All-MVC…was Creighton’s number one starter, leading the team in wins (8), games started (15) and strikeouts (65)…started 15 of 16 appearances….earned first win of the season vs. SIU Edwardsville (2/20), striking out seven in 5.0 IP… 2009: Named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week on April 27 for complete game shutout at Bradley (4/25)…had two complete game shutouts…held 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina to just one run in 7.1 innings while striking out four (3/10)…had most innings among 2010 returning pitchers (79.0), good for second overall on team in 2009…second on team in starts (13) and strikeouts (52)…led team in ERA (3.35), innings pitched (51.0), strikeouts (35) and games started (8) in MVC games… 2008: Appeared in one game… High School: Lettered as a junior and senior in baseball at Millard West High School…led team to a runner-up finish in the Class A state tournament as a senior…recorded a 7-2 record as a senior with a 1.35 ERA and 46 strikeouts…named to the All-Nebraska Team by the Omaha World-Herald, first team super-state by the Lincoln Journal Star, and first team all-conference and all-metro…named MVP of the Collin-Orcutt All-Star Game following his senior season…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Troy Hoerner.

10th Round (#310): LHP Kyle Hallock, Kent State University
2011 1.95 10-4 17 16 0 106.1 38 26 88
Notes: Left-hander stands at 6-foot-2, 190 lbs….native of Sandusky, OH…led the team with a 1.95 ERA (23ER/106.1IP) in 16 starts… earned MAC Pitcher of the Week honors on May 17 after leading the Golden Flashes dealing a career-high 8.1 inning shutout vs. Bowling Green… 2010: Made 19 appearances with 15 starts…tallied an 8-5 record with one save and a 5.64 ERA in 83 innings of work…his eight wins rank as the sixth most for a single season in school history and tied for the conference lead…ranked third on the team with 69 strikeouts…competed for the Stark County Terriers of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, earning two victories in four starts and posting a 1.93 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 18.2 innings… 2009: Made 14 appearances with 13 starts…went 4-3 with a 4.57 ERA and a save… 2008: Made 18 appearances with five starts…struck out 38 batters in 42.2 innings and earned two saves… High School: Lettered four times in baseball for Perkins High School, garnering Sandusky Bay Conference and Ohio District VI Player of the Year and First Team All-Ohio accolades as a senior…helped the Pirates to conference, district and regional championships and a state final four berth as a senior…previously drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 27th round of the 2010 draft but did not sign…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Nick Venuto.

11th Round (#340): CF Justin Gominsky, University of Minnesota
2011 .307 189 30 58 8 3 0 18 17 35 8 .367
Notes: Stands at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds…2011: hit .307 with a .367 on-base percentage…2010: Appeared in six games before injuring his knee in early March…2009: Named to Big Ten All-Freshmen Team, Collegiate Baseball Magazine Freshman All-American team and to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team…batted .338 with 35 runs, 25 RBI, 11 doubles and was 11-for-11 on the basepaths…batted .333 with 17 runs, 11 RBI, four doubles and six steals in Big Ten play…High School: Graduated from Mahtomedi High School…coached by John Hardgrove…named All-State in baseball as a junior and senior, and All-State in football his senior season…was an All-Conference performer all four years he played baseball, and in all three years he played football…batted .390 in his junior season…helped lead the football team to a state-runner up finish in football in 2007…batted .426 in Legion play in 2007, and had 19 stolen bases…played for the Minnesota Blizzard Select squad…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Troy Hoerner.

12th Round (#370): C Miles Hamblin, University of Mississippi
2011 .259 52/46 158 29 41 7 1 6 26 7
Notes: Rowlett, Texas native stands at 6-foot-3, 200 lbs… senior appeared in 46 of 52 games for Ole Miss…posted a .992 fielding percentage, committing just three errors in 371 total chances… 2010: Appeared in 61 games, starting 54 of those games…played both first base and catcher, while also serving as a designated hitter…also made two appearances on the mound, both in relief…hit .226 with seven home runs, 41 RBI and 22 runs scored … was a perfect 2-for-2 in steal attempts and drew 29 walks … turned in a .985 fielding percentage for the season with only six errors on the year … posted seven multiple-hit games on the year and 12 multiple-RBI games … hit a two-run home run against No. 7 South Carolina (5/26) in a 3-0 win at the SEC Tournament in the opening game … NCAA Tournament: Started all three games for the Rebels, going 2-for-8 with four runs scored and two RBI … went 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk in an opening win over St. John’s … Junior College: Lettered two years under head coach Brit Smith at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas … played catcher and first base … named NJCAA All-America … Rawlings Golden Glove Award winner … helped lead Howard to a 63-1 record and a national championship … won 57 straight games … hit .429 with 17 home runs and 88 runs scored in 2009 …. also added 28 doubles and two triples … High School: Lettered three years at Rowlett High School in Rowlett, Texas … played third base and pitched … posted a 9-1 record on the mound with a 1.61 ERA as a senior … named District 10 Class 5A Pitcher of the Year in 2006 and 2007 … Gale Fields Award recipient from the Garland Sports Hall of Fame … younger brother of former University of Arkansas standout and Oakland A’s minor leaguer Danny Hamblin…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Keith Bogan.

13th Round (#400): 2B John Hinson, Clemson University
2011 .331 245 62 81 12 3 9 41 24 34 23 .388
Notes: Stands at 6-foot-1, 180 lbs…2011: hit .331 as a redshirt-junior…had nine home runs and 12 doubles…stole 23 bases…2010: First-team All-ACC by…hit .351 with 60 runs, nine doubles, one triple, 17 homers, 75 RBIs, 26 walks, and a team-high 25 steals in 67 games (57 starts, including 54 at third base and three as the DH)…second in the ACC in steals, fourth in RBIs, and tied for sixth in homers…made at least one start in the batting order at the #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8 spots…had 25 multi-hit games and 19 multi-RBI games…hit .384 with runners on base and a team-high .425 with runners in scoring position…was 7-for-15 (.467) with a grand slam, double, 18 RBIs, and four walks with the bases loaded…was 8-for-17 (.471) in his 10 games off the bench…was 21-for-44 (.477) with five homers, one double, one triple, 13 RBIs, 13 runs, and four walks in 11 NCAA Tournament games; his 21 hits set a school record for a single NCAA Tournament; had nine multi-hit games in the NCAA Tournament…had a 14-game hitting streak from late March to April…named Auburn Regional MVP and a member of the Auburn Regional All-Tournament team after going 9-for-16 (.563) with three homers, one double, five RBIs, five runs, a 1.188 slugging percentage, a walk, hit-by-pitch, a .611 on-base percentage, and no errors in nine chances, including several key fielding plays that saved runs, in four games; he had at least two hits and one RBI in each of the four games…named to the All-College World Series team after going 7-for-16 (.438) with a triple, three RBIs, three runs, and two steals in four games…played for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League in the summer, where he hit .246 with three doubles, one homer, eight RBIs, and six steals in 21 games…2009: Red-shirted…suffered a back injury early in the season and had surgery in March…2008: Hit .264 with 10 runs, one triple, one homer, 11 RBIs, and five steals in 39 games (25 starts, including 20 at third base and five as the DH)…batted .304 in 21 ACC regular-season games…hit .320 in 10 games on opponents’ home fields…hit .306 in his 25 starts…hit .316 with the bases empty…only struck out 12 times in 87 at-bats…missed eight games early in the season due to a back injury…played for Hyannis in the Cape Cod League in the summer, where he hit .222 in 18 at-bats over five games…HIGH SCHOOL: Team MVP as a senior at A.C. Reynolds High School…set the school record for career hits…four-time all-conference honoree…#170 prospect in the nation by Baseball America and #314 prospect by Perfect Game…#13 prospect in North Carolina by Perfect Game…East Coast Professional Showcase selection in 2006…represented North Carolina in the 2006 National Home Run Derby in Delray Beach, FL, where he advanced to the semifinals…set single-season school records for doubles (14) and hits (44) along with totaling nine homers as a junior…lettered four times in baseball at A.C. Reynolds High, where he was coached by Bryan Craig…Drafted out of high school in the 40th round (#1210 overall pick) by the Philadelphia Phillies but did not sign…Drafted in 2010 in the 13th round (#411 overall pick) by the Philadelphia Phillies but did not sign…Scouted by Astros Amateur Scout J.D. Alleva.

14th Round (#430): RHP Horace Stubblefield, Lufkin HS (Texas)
2011 1.07 6-0 1 39.0 11 42
Notes: Right-handed pitcher stands at 6-foot-5, 190 lbs… helped Lufkin HS to the District 14-5A Championship and Class 5A Region II quarter finals…named a First-Team District 14-5A player…led the way for Lufkin as he earned MVP consideration with a 6-0 record and one save in district play…in 39.0 innings, he allowed 20 hits and 11 walks while striking out 42…also finished with a 1.07 ERA in district play…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Rusty Pendergrass.

15th Round (#460): 1B Zachary Johnson, Oklahoma State University
2011 .356 225 51 80 21 1 13 63 26 22 .424
Notes: Stands at 5-foot-11, 192 lbs…2011: Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year…hit safely in 46 of the 54 games…opened the season with a 16-game hitting streak…JUNIOR COLLEGE: Led Ohlone to 2009 and 2010 Pacific Coast championships and a state title in 2010…in 92 career games, hit .389 with 24 home runs, 112 RBIs and 25 doubles…also had a .684 slugging percentage…was first-team All-Pacific Conference and All-Northern Cali as a sophomore…was a 48th round draft pick of the Oakland A’s in the 2010 MLB Draft…also recruited by Oregon State and Cal Poly…HIGH SCHOOL: Was a Puma High School All-American at California High School in San Ramon…first-team All-EBAL as a senior…led team to EBAL championship in 2005 and 2006…Drafted in 2010 in the 48th round by Oakland…Scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Jim Stevenson.

16th Round (#490): LHP Scott Zuloaga, Scottsdale Community College (Arizona)
2011 1.82 3-0 6 28 0 39.2 13 8 10 43
Notes: 21-year-old lefty stands at 6-foot3, 205 lbs…native of Thousand Oaks, CA…sophomore recorded 43 punchouts in 39.2 innings pitched…posted 1.08 strikeouts per inning… played for the Wilmar Stingers of the Northwoods League… 2010: Named an academic all-american for the 2009-2010 academic year by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)… High School: three-time letter winner at Saguaro HS…2008 All-Region Honorable Mention…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Mike Brown.

17th Round (#520): RHP Tyson Perez, Fresno Community College (California)
2011 3.49 5-3 69.2 63
Notes: Stands at 6-foot-3, 215 lbs…2011: First-team Central Valley All-Conference…HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Hanford High School (California).

18th Round (#550): RHP Kevin Miller, University of California – Berkeley
2011 2.62 6-4 1 20 9 79.0 30 23 13 84                                                                              Notes: Right-hander stands at 6-foot-0, 195 lbs…native of San Jose, CA… 21-year-old pitcher fanned 84 batters in 79.0 innings pitched for the Golden Bear… 2010: Was 3-3 as a junior with a 4.72 ERA and two saves in four starts and 18 appearances… 2009: Was 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA and a save in 15 appearances and 10 starts…had 43 strikeouts (23 looking) in 50.0 innings… 2008: Was 6-1 with a 2.90 ERA (2nd in Pac-10) in 21 appearances (five starts)…had 68 strikeouts in 71.1 innings…opponents batted .196 (2nd in Pac-10) against him…was selected as the team’s Freshman of the Year… High School: At Valley Christian High School threw two no-hitters as a senior in 2007, including a 16-strikeout no-hitter…finished the year 13-1 with 102 strikeouts in 82.0 innings, earning first-team all-state, first-team All-Central Coast Section and first-team all-league…helped his team to a 33-4 record and the 2007 Central Coast Section title…was a 2006 first-team All-WCAL selection, going 11-3 with a 0.95 ERA, and had 102 strikeouts in 95.3 innings…was selected 2006 first-team All-Central Coast Section by the San Jose Mercury News, and MVP of the North-South series played in Irvine…finished his high school career 29-5 with 251 strikeouts in 218.0 innings…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Joe Graham.

19th Round (#580): LHP Mitchell Lambson, Arizona State University
2011 4.41 7-3 49.0 59 .276
Notes: Stands at 6-foot-1, 198 lbs…2011: Honorable mention PAC-10 All-Conference selection…7-3 record…59 strikeouts in 49.0 innings…2010: Turned in another dominating season, earning First Team All-Pac-10 honors as well as All-West Region honors from the ABCA…finished the year 8-2 with three saves and 13 holds…fanned 96 batters while walking only 20 in 75.0 innings…opponents hit a measly .160 against him in his 39 appearances, all out of the bullpen…the 39 appearances tied a school record…his 2.16 ERA was second on the pitching staff…2009: Had a stellar debut season, earning First Team Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA and as well as Second Team honors from Baseball America…named First Team All-Pac-10…pitched in 32 games, third most appearances in the Pac-10…finished the year 9-5 with five saves and 99 strike outs…the nine wins is tied for seventh most by a freshman in school history…his 99 strike outs is the most ever by a Sun Devil pitcher in their freshman year and his five saves is tied for fifth most ever by an ASU freshman hurler…opponents his just .199 against him, third lowest in the Pac-10…tied for the Pac-10 lead with five pick-offs…High School: A 2008 graduate of Tualatin High School in Tualatin, Ore…earned four varsity letters for baseball…holds his high school’s record for career strikeouts and career pitching victories…named Pacific Conference pitcher of the year as a junior and senior…earned first-team all-state honors as a senior, going 8-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 92 strikeouts…was first-team all-conference and second-team all-state as a junior…first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state for his sophomore season…played for the Portland, Ore. team that won the 2008 Babe Ruth World Series (ages 16-18)…Scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Mike Brown.

20th Round (#610): 3B Matthew Duffy, University of Tennessee
2011 .312 54/54 189 35 59 15 1 6 39 7
Notes: 6-3, 215lbs…native of Milton, MA…2010: The Vols’ regular third baseman, Duffy played in 55 of UT’s 56 games in 2010, starting 53…hit .304 for the season with a team-high 17 doubles, in addition to collecting four home runs and 41 RBIs…was the team’s leading hitter in SEC play, posting a spectacular .348 batting average…hit .348 (23-for-66) with runners in scoring position…. 2009: was one of the top shortstops and hitters in the Northeast earning America East Player of the Year honors in helping the Vermont Catamounts to a third-place finish in the conference…led the conference in batting average (.388), runs batted in (57), runs scored (57), slugging percentage (.713) and on base percentage (.495)…also tied for third in home runs (13) and was second in doubles (17)…set new Vermont singleseason marks in RBIs and runs scored and his 13 HRs tied the school mark…was the lone America East player named to the All-American Team, picking up honorable mention honors…also headed the America East All-Conference First Team and was named to the All-New England First Team along with the ECAC and ABCA Northeast Region second teams…was named America East Player of the Week a league-best three times, was twice named to the College Baseball Foundation National Weekly Honor Roll and was s lected ECAC Player of the Week once…one of 38 finalists named to the Brooks Wallace National Shortstop of the Year Watch List… hit .390 with 10 doubles, 6 home runs, 31 RBIs and a .779 slug pct. in conference games… 2008: One of the top freshmen in the America East, Duffy had an excellent season as the Cats starting shortstop earning conference all-rookie and Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American honors…led the team and America East rookies in doubles with 18, the second most in a season at UVM…tops among conference freshmen in RBIs… High School: graduate of St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Mass., Duffy led the Arrows to a 13-2 record and the Independent School League title in 2007…Headed the 2007 Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team and was the ISL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year…He hit .542 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs…Also posted a 5-0 record on the mound including a shutout victory over Roxbury Latin in the ISL championship game… A standout for the Milton American Legion team, he helped lead them to the 2006 Northeast Regional Championship and a berth in the American Legion World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa…He was the MVP of the regionals and hit .485 with 13 RBI in eight games at the National World Series…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Nick Venuto.

21st Round (#640): SS James Howick, Jacksonville University (Florida)
2011 .319 207 37 66 9 2 4 46 15 29 .368
Notes: Shortstop (6’3” 185 lbs.)…2011: Appeared in 54 games, including 51 starts…2010: Played in 53 games, including 47 starts at third base…led the team with two triples…heated up in the final month of the season, batting .310 (18-58) with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI…earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference honors and was named to the Dean’s List…2009: Appeared in 18 games, including 16 starts (14 at shortstop, two at third base)…missed 17 games with a dislocated shoulder (3/27-4/18)…returned for series against Lipscomb before reaggravating the injury and missing the remaining 18 games of the season…earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference honors and was named to the Dean’s List…HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner as an infielder for Tommy Edwards at Bishop Kenny High School…as a senior, he lead the squad to a state title and its second district title…named second team all-city and was selected to the FACA All-Star Game after batting .410 with two home runs, 11 doubles and 22 RBI…as a junior, he led squad to a district championship after tallying one of the top 10 batting averages in the city (.405)…in AAU play, he batted .430 with three home runs, three triples and seven doubles with Team Mizuno…also selected to play for USSSA Team Florida in the Carribean World Series…as a sophomore, he helped the squad to a second place finish in the state…in AAU action, he was selected USSSA World Series MVP as a member of the Jacksonville Stars…also a three-year letterwinner in soccer…earned scholar athlete honors each year…member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society…Scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Lincoln Martin.

22nd Round (#670): CF Andrew Muren, California State – Northridge
2011 .307 55/53 189 38 58 17 1 3 32 9
Notes: Ramona, Calif. native…6-6, 195 lbs…posted a .994 fielding percentage, committing only one error in 2011…his .306 average ranked second best for the Matadors… 2010: started in 51 of the 52 games played this season, hit .290, and improved his numbers at the plate across the board compared to his freshman season … in his 207 at-bats, he scored 47 runs, a total that ranks him second on the team, and finished with 60 hits, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, and drove in 21 batters … his 13 hit-by-pitches were the most by any Matador, a figure that ranks him tied for fourth in the conference … after stealing only two bases in 2008, the centerfielder stole 13 bases out of 16 attempts to finish with the third-highest number of steals on the team, and eighth-highest total in the conference … finished with 17 multiple hit games… 2009: Was a redshirt during the 2009 season… 2008: In his first season with the Matadors, hit .270 and started in 40 of the 42 games he played in … of his 40 hits, seven were doubles, and one was a triple … hit one home run and drove in 14 batters … in four attempts Muren stole two bases… 2007: Rawlings Perfect Games California All-Region Player… High School: A two-sport athlete (football and baseball) … earned All-Valley League and All-CIF honors as a senior … led football and baseball teams to league championships as a junior … batted .472 with nine home runs and posted a 1.44 ERA as a senior…previously drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 35th round of the 2010 draft but did not sign…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Tim Costic.

23rd Round (#700): 2B Ruben Sosa, Oklahoma City University
2011 .389 239 78 93 15 5 5 42 22 27 44 .446
Notes: Stands at 6-foot-2, 185 lbs…2011: Hit .389 and posted a .446 on-base percentage…stole 44 bases…2010: Hit .372 with eight home runs, 38 RBIs and 37 stolen bases as sophomore for Western…12 doubles, one triple…2009: Hit .466 with one homer, 28 RBIs and 39 steals as freshman for Bunker Hill (Mass.)…11 doubles, two triples…HIGH SCHOOL: Hit .406 with 17 RBIs as senior at Lawrence (Mass.)…all-conference…led region with .575 average as sophomore…lettered three times in baseball, twice in football and twice in track and field…fourth place in 55 meters in New England…track team captain…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Jim Stevenson.

24th Round (#730): 1B Jesse Wierzbicki, University of North Carolina
2011 .301 60/60 209 48 63 13 3 7 39 7
Notes: Stands at 6-foot-3, 220 lbs…native of Newnan, GA… posted a .996 fielding percentage this season with the Tar Heels… 2010: Appeared in 59 games with 57 starts spread among catcher, designated hitter and first base…One of six players with a .300 or better average, posting a .307 (65-212) mark…Registered eight home runs to rank second on the team…Scored the third-most runs on the team with 49…Ranked in the top five in slugging percentage (4th, .495), on base percentage (4th, .410), RBI (5th, 52) and total bases (4th, 105)…Led the team with 16 multi-RBI games…Recorded 14 games with at least two RBI and set a season-high with three RBI four times…Ranked third on the team with 21 multi-hit games…Appeared in all 30 games with 29 starts during the ACC season…Registered an average of .288 (32-111) with 10 doubles and 24 RBI…Also scored 25 runs during conference play…Committed just three errors on the year for the 18th-best fielding percentage in the ACC (.992)… 2009: Played two seasons at Walters State Community College…Hit .373 with 12 home runs and 60 RBI in 57 games as a sophomore to lead Walters State to a final national ranking of No. 5… 2008: As a freshman, led team to the Junior College World Series… High School: Four-year starter at catcher at Newnan High School… All-state honoree as a senior… Three-time all-county selection…previous selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 40th round of the 2008 draft but did not sign…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout J.D. Alleva.

25th Round (#760): LF William Flamion, Central Catholic HS (California)
2011 .388 85 39 33 13 5 4 22 22 5 9 .522
Notes: Stands at 6-foot-1, 195 lbs….2011: Hit .388 in his senior campaign with a .522 on-base percentage and four home runs…walked 22 times against five strikeouts…Named to MaxPreps Top 100 List…Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American…Rawlings Preseason All-American…2010: AFLAC All-American…2009: 2nd Team All-State selection as a sophomore…2008: played on the USA Baseball 14U National Team…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Joe Graham.

26th Round (#790): RHP Jared Fisher, Newport HS (Washington)
2011 1.92 8-2 9 9 2 51.0 17 23 64
Notes: Right-hander is a native of Bellevue, WA…6-4, 235 lbs….fanned 64 batters in 51 innings pitched for the Knights this season…Rawlings Perfect Game 2011 West – All-Region 1st Team selection… 2010: Rawlings Perfect Game Underclass All-American and All-Region 3rd Team selection…Rawlings Perfect Game National Showcase participant…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Paul Gale.

27th Round (#820): SS Alexander Todd, Sonoma State University (California)
2011 .332 214 44 71 10 2 5 38 22 33 7 .420
Notes: Shortstop (6’2”, 190 lbs.)…2011: hit .332 with a .420 on-base percentage…hit five home runs, 10 doubles, and two triples with 38 runs batted in…named to the Baseball America Small College Pre-Season All-America squad…also selected to the Tino Martinez Award Watch List (NCAA Division II Player of the Year)…transferred to Sonoma State from Centenary College, an NCAA Division I school in Shreveport, Louisiana…2010: hit .307 with five home runs and 33 RBIs for the Gents in 2010…also attended West Valley Junior College in Saratoga…was a First Team All-State pick at West Valley…guided his team to a fourth place finish in the state tournament…HIGH SCHOOL: graduated from Leland High School in San Jose…was a First Team All-League selection at Leland…led his team to a league championship..scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Joe Graham.

28th Round (#850): LHP Jordan John, Oklahoma University
2011 2.35 4-2 20 7 0 61.1 23 16 18 54
Notes: Corpus Christi, Texas, native stands at 6-foot-3, 200 lbs…recorded 54 strikeouts in 61.1 innings pitched… 2011 All-Big 12 freshman team … made first career appearance on Feb. 19 vs. William & Mary with three shutout innings and three strikeouts … made first start on Feb. 23 vs. UAPB with complete game during 12-1 run-rule win (7 IP) … had season-high nine strikeouts and allowed one run (unearned) off six hits (two walks) … named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after start … Made seven starts with 4-0 record and also 1-0 in 13 relief outings (five earned runs) … came out of the pen to toss seven innings against ORU without an earned run in NCAA Tournament… High School: Earned three letters at Calallen HS. … named USA Today First Team All-American in 2009 … named first team Collegiate Baseball All-American in 2009 … finished senior year with 13-0 mark and 125 strikeouts and a 0.26 ERA in 82 innings pitched … named district MVP and all-state … threw two no-hitters, five one-hitters and had nine games with 10 or more strikeouts … finished 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 85 2/3 innings in 2008 … earned all-state honors as a junior and helped lead team to Texas 4A State Championship … finished career ranked in the top 10 in school history for wins…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Jim Stevenson.

29th Round (#880): OF Wallace Gonzalez, Bishop Amat Memorial HS (California)
Notes: 18-year-old outfielder stands at 6-foot-5, 230 lbs…2011 Rawlings Perfect Game 3rd Team All-American and California All-Region 1st Team…went 4×4 with six RBI to lead Bishop Amat to a win over Mountain View St. Francis, advancing to the semifinals of the Hard 9 National Classic… 2010: Rawlings Perfect Game Underclass 1st Team…Sunshine West Showcase participant…Rawlings Perfect Game National Showcase participant…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Tim Costic.

30th Round (#910): 3B Jordan Steranka, Penn State University
2011 .323 54/54 217 46 70 14 5 8 57 6
Notes: 6-3, 195 lbs…native of Pittsburgh, PA… 2010: Strong sophomore campaign, hitting .297 with seven home runs and 44 RBI, both career-highs … started all 52 games at third base … his 111 total bases were ninth in single-season school history while the RBI total stands just outside the top 10 … led all Big Ten third basemen in RBI … tied for the team lead with 16 doubles, tied for sixth on the Penn State all-time list… 2009: Had an outstanding freshman season, leading the team in most every major statistical category: average (.365), hits (70), home runs (6), RBI (42) and total bases (103) … was also tied for the team-lead with 192 at-bats and 39 runs scored … the average was good for 10th best in the Big Ten … had nine doubles and three triples, good for the second-most extra base hits on the squad (18) … posted two double-digit hit streaks, including one of 18 games (from Mar. 21 to Apr. 17), tied for fourth longest in program history… had an incredible 33 hits in that span … also had hits in 28 of 29 games extending to May 9 … finished with at least one hit in 40 of his 49 games … also had 22 multiple-hit games … the 70 total hits was a school record for a freshman … named a Third Team All-Big Ten performer…High School: Collected over 100 hits, 16 home runs, 20 doubles, 80 RBI and 25 stolen bases at Mt. Lebanon … Blue Devil team won a WPIAL Title in 2006 … named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s All-Star South Team all three years…scouted by Astros Amateur Scout Everett Stull.

Springer “beyond happy right now” to join Astros

University of Connecticut outfielder George Springer, taken by the Astros with the No. 11 overall pick in the first round of Monday’s First-Year Player Draft, told shortly after his team beat Clemson to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals that he was living a dream.

“I really don’t have any words I can put how happy I was at the time [he was drafted],”  he said. “It’s something as a player and as a kid you always dream of. My friend, Matt Barnes, told me in the fifth inning, and I was blown away.”

A 21-year-old junior, Springer was hitting .350 with 12 homers and 76 RBIs though 63 games for the Huskies. He had a .628 slugging percentage with 35 walks, 38 strikeouts and 31 stolen bases in 38 games.

Springer started in center field for the Huskies in Monday’s regional championship game in Clemson, S.C., and went 1-for-3 with two runs scored before being removed from the game as a precaution because of cramps. UConn won, 14-1.

“It’s just more of a severe cramp,” he said. “I was extremely dehydrated from [Sunday] night and it just carried over and that point in the game it was 9-1. We’re obviously playing on Friday and I want to be 100 percent. It was the right thing to do.”

Springer said he and his advisors have had quite a bit of contact with the Astros.

“My advisors had been going back and forth with them since this process started, and it became a reality today,” Springer said.

When asked about his willingness to sign a contract with the Astros, Springer didn’t hesitate.

“100 percent,” he said. “I’m good to go.”

The Astros plan to keep Springer in center field, but scouting director Bobby Heck said he could possibly profile as a corner outfielder down the road because of his power.

“I would not have a problem playing right, center or left field,” Springer said. “I really don’t have a preference, but I would hope to stay in center field.”

Because his college team was still alive in the NCAAs, Springer didn’t get a chance to come to Houston last week’s pre-Draft workout at Minute Maid Park. In fact, he’s never been Houston.

“We actually played this year at Whataburger Field [in Corpus Christi] and that’s about as close to Houston as I’ve been in my lifetime,” he said. “I know that’s where Houston’s Double-A team is, the Hooks. I have not had the pleasure to go to Houston, but hopefully in the next few months or so I’ll have the pleasure of going down to Houston.”

Springer said getting drafted in the first round and then advancing to the NCAA Super Regional is a matter of hours is a dream come true.

“I don’t have any words I can describe it,” he said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, especially topped off by a huge win in the last three games for our team and program. I’m beyond happy right now.”