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Astros announce 6 draft picks signings; Wrenn, Benedetti with ValleyCats

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The Astros officially announce a handful of draft pick signings and few other appear to already be in the fold.

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The Houston Astros announced the first round of 2016 draftees officially signing with the team. Astros Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Elias announced on Wednesday the team had signed catcher Jake Rogers, infielder Alex Degoti, right-handed pitcher Colin McKee, infielder Taylor Jones, catcher Chuckie Robinson and left-handed pitcher Howie Brey -- the terms of the deals have not been disclosed.

Rogers, the Astros' third-round pick out of Tulane, had reached a deal shortly after the final day of the draft per multiple sources. Southern Mississippi catcher Chuckie Robinson, the Astros 21nd round pick, was also reported to have a deal done with the Astros at the start of the week.

The new additions were 15th round pick Alex Degoti out of Barry University.  DeGoti batted .404 (78x193) with 68 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.

Right-hand pitcher Colin McKee out of Mercyhurst College was the Astros' 18th round pick. McKee was 11-2 with a 1.82 ERA in 15 starts with 141 strikeouts and 34 walks in 94 innings.

Infielder Taylor Jones from Gonzaga, the Astros' 19th round pick was the Astros' 19th round pick. Jones batted .332 (77x232) with 37 runs scored, 27 doubles, four triples, two home runs, and 36 RBIs.

Left-handed pitcher Howie Brey from Rutgers was the Astros' 31st round pick. Brey was 6-5 with a 3.50 ERA in four starts with 84 strikeouts and 23 walks in 100 1/3 innings.

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The roster for one the Astros rookie-level ball teams appears to show two players already in the fold for the Astros. The Tri-City ValleyCats have the 12th round pick Carmen Benedetti out of Michigan listed as an outfielder.

Benedettii batted .326 (63x193) in 54 games for the Wolverines. He had 44 runs scored, 19 doubles, two triples, three home runs, and 33 RBIs last season.

Tri-City held an exhibition game today and ValleyCats regular @VamosGatosCrew had a photo with a player wearing a No. 28 Wrenn jersey in the handshake line.

Is that Stephen Wrenn, the Astros' 6th round pick out of Georgia? Probably, but no official word. We can chock it up as a good sign he's going to be an Astro.