Astros draft Delino DeShields Jr., and the room celebrates
The Astros picked a second baseman/center fielder as their first pick, and he has a name that many of you have probably heard before. Delino DeShields Jr., son of the 13-year MLB veteran, was selected as the Astros No. 1 pick, eighth overall in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player draft.
A quick scouting report, courtesy of Baseball America:
“In 2005, the most recent year Baseball America conducted its Baseball for the Ages survey, DeShields ranked as the nation’s top 12-year-old, beating out Bryce Harper and A.J. Cole, among others. He has just finished seventh grade.
“DeShields has had an up-and-down high school career that included a modest showing at the East Coast Pro Showcase last summer. His loud tools have helped him leap past his peers and jumped him, for some scouts, to the top of a deep crop of Georgia prep talent.
“His best tool is his explosive speed, which has jumped up a grade to earn 80s on the 20-80 scale…He showcased electric bat speed and present strength, leading to projections of average power in his future. His swing needs some fine-tuning and his defense in center field is raw. He has enough arm for center, though it’s below-average.”
Pictures of the Draft room scene just after DeShields was announced:
Bobby Heck (standing), Ed Wade (front), national cross checker David Post
Heck and West Coast Supervisor Mark Ross (right)
Heck on the phone with DeShields immediately after the pick is made, offering congrats.
On left, presidents Tal Smith and Pam Gardner.
On left, Asst. GM Ricky Bennett, with CEO Drayton McLane
McLane chats with Wade (Heck on left)
With their second pick, the Astros selected another high school player — Mike Foltynewicz, a hard-throwing right-hander from Minooka High School in Illinois. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound righty has been lauded by Baseball America as “far and away the best pitching prospect in the Upper Midwest.” BA also says Foltynewicz already has an advanced changeup for a high school pitcher, as it features good sink and could become a plus pitch. His fastball apparently ranges between 91 and 94 mph but has touched 96.
The Astros final pick of day One of the Draft is University of Minnesota junior Mike Kvasnicka at No. 33. He was primarily a catcher in college but the Astros plan to convert him to third base.Kvasnicka is a switch-hitter with a “balanced stroke, good power potential and strike-zone discipline,” according to BA. He’s the son of former Twins farmhand Jay Kvasnicka.
After day one was complete, Heck and Wade addressed the media near the offices on the fifth floor of Union Station. The draft continues Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT with rounds 2-30.