What's in a name?

It's not official until they sign, but maybe it's not too early to brand these guys as our own

No matter what you think of the 2013 crop of Houston Astros draftees, once they sign on the dotted line, it's up to us, the fans, to support them, and nothing says love like a good nickname!

Of course nicknames have a way of evolving over time, but there's no harm in giving some of these kids a head start down the road to stardom, and who knows, maybe some of these monikers will even stick. Be sure to add your ideas in the comments section below!

Round 1, Mark Appel: As befits his status as the first selection in the entire draft, how about Mark "Golden" Appel, and when he's throwing overpowering fastballs, they can be Appel seeds.

Round 3, Kent Emanuel: It's a natural, Kent "The Philosopher" Emanuel after one of the key figures of modern philosophy, Immanuel Kant.

Round 6, Jacob Nottingham: Another natural, Jacob "The Sheriff" Nottingham could someday leave Sherwood Forest for Minute Maid Park.

Round 9, Brian Holberton: In a city that's home to oilfield services company Halliburton, there must be something oil-related here, but it's just eluding me, which just might be a good thing. Hmmm . . .

Round 11, Devonte German: Yeah, I know it's probably a different pronunciation, but he's a big, powerful kid, and Devonte "The Kaiser" German has a nice ring to it.

Round 14, Chris Cotton: When he pitches inside, hitters will be baling on Chris "Pickin'" Cotton.

Round 17, Alex Schick: At 6-6 and 180 pounds, the right-hander seems thin, so Alex "The Razor" Schick might be appropriate, and when he throws up and in, hitters will have been shaved by Schick. Maybe he'll become as famous as Sal "The Barber" Maglie.

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