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Obvious question, but wanted to gauge the opinion of TCB

As we all know, the Astros have the dubious honor of picking first in the MLB entry draft this June. There are a handful of realistic candidates that I can see, and I'm sure one will jump out this season and separate himself from the pack, and what I want to ask is- who do you want to be that guy? I'm sorry if this has been posted here recently, I haven't seen it.

Brief rundown of the 5 players I see as realistic possibilities for the first pick-

Mark Appel- Has been considered a front runner for a long time. Three potential plus pitches and a great frame, but inconsistent command has prevented him from college dominance so far.

Lucas Giolito- A 6'6" monster of a 17 year old, Giolito has a fastball that sits at 95 and touches 99 along with two plus breaking pitches and plus command. He is a potential true ace. Would be the first High School RHP to go at 1.1.

Mike Zunino- A great defensive backstop, Zunino has some holes in his swing but is a good power hitter with plenty of potential at the plate. The safest positional prospect in the draft.

Byron Buxton- An elite athlete who projects as a plus defensive center fielder, Buxton has special tools. He could be a 20/50 type player in the Carl Crawford mold if things break right. The ceiling here is immense.

Stryker Trahan- A dark horse candidate for 1.1, Stryker has one of the best names in draft history and is a very intriguing prospect. He is unique in the sense that he plays catcher but is considered a true five-tool talent. He has a swing that scouts love and runs better than most outfielders.

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