MLB Draft : A Mock with Complete Analysis of Every Team

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#17: Houston Astros

Nick: Cal Quantrill, Right-Handed Pitcher, Stanford University

   The Astros gave up a lot of young pitching in their trade with the Phillies for Ken Giles.  They also have been able to get good value in the draft over the last few years, last year they drafted top ten talent, Daz Cameron, in the 2nd round.  Cal Quantrill received Tommy-John last year, if not for that he would be a top 10 talent.  The polished right-handed pitcher will be another high upside pick for the Astros and will help replace the pitching talent in their system.

David: Eric Lauer, Left Handed Pitcher, Kent State University

The Astros have been aggressive in the draft, one of their reasons for their great depth and strong success last season. But with MLB Pipeline noting they are tied strongly with college arms, is why Lauer fits. Lauer doesn’t feature standout pitches, but he knows how to pitch and will be a solid Major League starter. By selecting Lauer over a high school player still on the board, the Astros could save a few hundred thousand dollars to use in later rounds.

#18: New York Yankees

David: Ian Anderson, Right Handed Pitcher, Shenendehowa High School (new York)

Ian Anderson at 6’3” and 170 pounds has room to grow into his frame and develop into a top of the rotation arm with his good fastball and above average slider and change-up. The Yankees, despite taking four straight college players in the first round, have not been shy of taking the young pitchers, as their selections in both 2012 and 2013. The Yankees will get another high school arm to add to their system.

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