While the Houston Astros are off today, the organization will get a lot better tonight as the club will make two crucial picks in the top rounds of the 2018 MLB Draft. The Astros certainly are not used to picking so late in the first round, as the club will have to wait all the way until the 28th pick to make their first selection of the evening.
This article is mostly for the purpose of getting a conversation going during the first two rounds of the draft, but here are some Mock Drafts to peruse before watching the live coverage on MLB Network beginning at 6:00 CST.
Houston Astros MLB Draft Coverage
2018 Crawfish Boxes MLB Draft Profiles
Jason Marbach’s Prediction
LHP Ryan Rolison: Rolison is my pick, hoping he’s still there. High ceiling college lefty with mid nineties heat, good stuff, good projectability, and has had good success in Cape Cod League, which the Astros value very highly
Issa Cook’s Prediction
C Noah Naylor: While many see the Houston Astros selecting a prep outfielder with their first round pick, selecting Noah Naylor would fill a positional need at catcher. If the Astros were to select Naylor, they would be getting a solid defensive catcher with a great arm and plenty of power potential as a left-handed hitter. Naylor has already showcased his raw power on the big stage, as he won the High School Home Run Derby at the 2017 All Star Game. Naylor would certainly be more of a lottery ticket for Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, but the architect of the 2017 World Series champs does have a history of selecting catchers in the early rounds.