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Astros sign fourth-round pick Gregor

The Astros signed their highest Draft pick to date when they agreed to terms Thursday with Vanderbilt University first baseman/outfielder Conrad Gregor, a source confirmed for

Gregor, taken in the fourth round of last week’s First-Year Player Draft, announced the signing on his Twitter account:

Gregor hit .308 with three homers and 48 RBIs and a .440 on-base percentage for the Commodores this year, starting 65 games. He becomes the 14th of Houston’s 50 Draft picks to sign. Contract terms weren’t disclosed, but the 107th overall pick has a prescribed slot bonus of $481,900.

Earlier Thursday, the Astros announced the signing of nine Draft picks, including Tony Kemp, who was Gregor’s former teammate at Vanderbilt.

The other announced signings Thursday were:  center fielder Jason Martin (eighth round), shortstop Thomas Lindauer (23rd round), left-hander Albert Minnis (25th round), right-hander William Chrismon (26th round), right-hander Pat Christensen (27th round), left-hander Randall Fant (29th round), right-hander Zachary Morton (32nd round) and right-hander Tyler Brunnemann (40th round) were all signed to contracts. <p>

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.”