I know that mock drafts are a long shot, especially with the MLB draft. Instead of trying to figure out what other teams are trying to do or make a guess, I'll just post how I'd like to see the first few rounds shake out. This is my opinion, please feel free to share yours and who you'd like to see taken in what round.
1st-(#8)- Zack Cox (3B) - Arkansas Cox is a great hitter in one of the best college conferences. He would immediately give the Astros a 3B of the future along with Castro and Mier being heir apparents at catcher and short respectively. The question is whether he'll develop enough power for the hot corner.
1st-(#19) - Zach Lee (RHP) - High School (TX) This one is going to take some money, definitely overslot to sign Lee away from his football scholarship at LSU. Lee is the type of prospect that Heck and the Astros' scouting staff likes, he throws four different pitches with his fastball being his best, he has projectability that the Astros' brass looks for. Lee would probably be ranked higher among the prep pitchers, but its the signability factor that has teams wary of him. Lee sounds alot like Jordan Lyles, but with a little more polish and a better fastball at this stage of their respective amateur careers.
1st-(#33) - Hunter Morris (1B) - Auburn Morris is a power hitting lefty who plays first base pretty well. Morris was named the SEC player of the year and has athleticism, as he can steal a couple of bases. Morris should be able to move through the farm system fairly quickly and could contribute within the next 12-18 months at a position where the Astros have little depth.
2nd-(#58) - Rob Rasmussen (LHP) - UCLA Rasmussen is an advanced college pitcher who could move through the farm system quickly. Rasmussen throws around 90-92 mph with his fastball and throws a curve, slider and changeup all pretty well. The knock on him is that he is small in stature (5'11), but he has a bulldog mentality that keeps him competitive.
3rd-(#90) - Leon Landry (OF) - LSU Landry plays CF for the Tigers and has played very well this past season after a very good freshman season. Landry can roam the outfield easily with his speed and makes consistent contact at the plate, setting the table for the Tigers, flashing a little power as well.
As for the rest of the picks, I'd like to see the Astros maybe take a flyer on some of the following players:
Greg Peavey (RHP) - Oregon State Peavey didn't have quite the year some expected, but he showed enough potential last season that the Astros drafted him in the 32nd round. His fastball has dropped a little bit and his command wavered a bit.
Sam Dyson (RHP) - South Carolina Dyson is in the same boat as Peavey, struggled a lit bit through the year, but when he's on can paint both sides of the plate with control.
Miguel Pena (LHP) - San Jacinto College (Junior College) Pena pitched well for LaJoya high school last year and continued playing well this year in his freshman season for San Jac. Crafty lefty who has great control and a very good curveball.
Cole Green (RHP) - Texas Green was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. Green has a very good fastball and curveball.
Chris Bisson (2B) - Kentucky I almost went a fourth round and listed Bisson as the pick. Bisson has some pop in his bat and plays second base very well defensively.
I'd really like to see the Astros take the best players available and spend a little more than last season by taking some players who may fall due to signability. I know the Zach Lee pick is a longshot at best, but if he grades out as one of the top prep pitchers (and I believe that he does) then go for it and sign him. What do you think? And who would you like to see the Astros draft?