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Farmstros '09 in Review Part 7- Bobby Heck's Second Draft

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The Astros signed 25 of their top 26 draft picks in the June draft. In total, 36 of the 51 draft picks signed. There weren't as many early picks for Houston as they had in the 2008 draft; however, several players impressed in their first professional experience.

Jiovanni Mier, SS, Greeneville (1st Round). Mier was ranked by Baseball America as the #2 prospect in the Appalacian League. He batted .276 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 51 games.

Tanner Bushue, RHP, GCL Astros (2nd Round). Bushue was impressive in five pro starts (2.42 ERA) before being shelved with some back issues.

Dallas Keuchel, LHP, Tri-City (7th Round). Keuchel's arrival at Tri-City was delayed by a strong College World Series appearance (with Arkanasas). Once Keuchel made it to the Valley Cats, he made 10 starts and posted a 2.70 ERA with nine walks and 44 strikeouts in 56 2/3 IP.


J.D. Martinez, OF/1B, Greeneville/Tri-City (20th Round). Martinez was equally effective with Greeneville and Tri-City. His totals for the summer were .348 with 24 doubles, 12 home runs and 56 RBI in 72 games. He was in Tri-City long enough to win the New York-Penn League batting title.

Spencer Hylander, LHP, GCL Astros (50th Round). Hylander was the last player the Astros picked in the draft. He posted a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings. He struck out 26 while walking only nine