Posted June 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Carlos Correa
TEAMS: Houston Astros
The Houston Astros have improved their farm system from worst to near first in the last couple of years. On Thursday night, they'll have a chance to boost their young talent again when they pick first overall in the draft for the second consecutive year. In 2012, they selected high school shortstop Carlos Correa with the No. 1 pick. This year they'll look to add another top-tier player to help with their long-term rebuilding process. General manager Jeff Luhnow says they've whittled the list down to between three and eight players. Top prospects in this year's group include Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray and Stanford pitcher Mark Appel.

Bud Selig forgets what year it is, announces picks for "2000" player draft (Video)

On Thursday, MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced the selections for the 2013 player draft. However, for some reason Selig made the mistake of referring to some picks as selections for the "2000" first-year player draft, a mistake he made three times with the first eight picks. Selig did it the first time right off the bat with No. 1 pick Mark Appel of the Houston Astros...

MLB Draft: Houston Astros Select Mark Appel 1st Overall

The Houston Astros went with home grown talent in the first pick for the 2013 Draft. They choose starting pitcher Mark Appel from Stanford, and he projects to be a future ace for their staff. Appel features a three-pitch mix in his repertoire with a plus fastball that sits in the mid 90s with great movement. He also offers a hard slider and a circle changeup that has outstanding...

Astros take Appel with No. 1 pick

The Houston Astros selected Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night. Appel was considered a possible top pick last year, but Houston passed on the hometown kid and instead chose 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico. Appel slid to Pittsburgh at No. 8 but turned down a $3.8 million offer and returned to Stanford...

Husband bails on wife as bat comes flying their way

This guy really wasn’t in the mood to get hit by a bat while attending an Angles-Astros game. The bat potentially hitting his wife? No problem…

Husband bails on wife to avoid flying bat

Your browser does not support iframes.Chivalry is dead in this country.How else can you explain the way this guy bailed on his wife to avoid being clocked by an errant bat during Monday's Astros-Angels game?The moment came in the top of the second inning when Astros hitter J.D. Martinez lost the handle on his bat on a swing. The piece of lumber went flying into the stands off...

Jason Castro, Carlos Pena Lead Houston Astros Hot Streak

In moving to the American League this season, the Houston Astros have primarily been faced with much of the same, a team that has failed to pull it together and become a legitimate contender.Before May 27, the Astros held onto an AL worst 14-36 record and had surrendered 291 runs to their opponents, most in the major leagues.However, over the course of the past ten games, the Astros...

Astros' Jose Altuve out with aggravated groin

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is out of today's series finale against the Baltimore Orioles with an aggravated groin, according to Brian McTaggart of #Astros 2B Jose Altuve is missing the game with an "aggravated groin," Bo Porter says — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) June 6, 2013 Manager Bo Porter shared the news of Altuve&...

Analysis of Houston Astros options with number one pick

The Houston Astros sit at the top of the draft order for the second straight year.  If not for a recent winning streak, they’d be leading the pack to make it a third straight year next year.  But with the top pick comes responsbility!  Here’s a short breakdown of six candidates that most feel they’ll take, with unofficial RBTS odds on direction.  Ranked by ability, not...

Preview: Shields gets rematch with Lyles, Astros

(AP) -- While top overall draft pick Mark Appel is expected to be their future, Jordan Lyles has been one of the most reliable current starters for the Houston Astros. Lyles will try to lead the Astros to their longest road winning streak in 12 seasons when they open a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. The Astros made Stanford's Appel the No...

Angels Fan Bails on Flying Bat, Leaves Wife in Path of Hurtling Lumber (Video)

Baseball fans will do just about anything for a souvenir. As one Angels fan proved on Monday, however, they’ll also do just about anything to avoid a souvenir, too — sacrificing spouses included. During the Halos-Astros game on Monday, Houston’s J.D. Martinez fouled a ball off and sent his bat soaring through the air to the left side as it slipped out of his hands on the...

Astros 11, Orioles 7

The Houston Astros hit the ball so hard Wednesday night that some players wished they had something to protect their ears in the dugout from the sound of smack after home run smack. The Astros put on an impressive display of power, hitting six home runs to get their seventh win in eight games with a 11-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Jason Castro, Carlos Pena and J.D. Martinez...

2013 MLB Draft – First Round Draft Tracker – Live

The MLB First-Year Player Draft is finally upon us as all 30 big league clubs are set to select the future of their respective franchises. Beginning at 7:00 PM (EST), first round selections will kick off with the Houston Astros, as they will take the first-overall pick in the draft for the second straight year (Carlos Correa was selected first-overall in 2012).Picks one through 73...

Full Circle: Houston Picks Mark Appel no. 1

Mark Appel is heading home. The Houston Astros selected the Stanford flamethrower with the no. 1 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. Cardinal baseball has its first overall selection, while Stanford sports as a whole can now boast three no. 1 overall picks over the course of the past two years.

Seriously? The Angels got swept by the Astros?

At the start of this season, every Halos fan knew there was one team standing in the way of the postseason. A team within the division who they needed to beat regularly in order to keep, at the very least, the wildcard open as a way into Fall baseball. A team from Texas.   Seriously though? It’s the Astros? At the time of writing, The Angels have gone 3-6 against the Houston...

Ten Things About the MLB Draft and the Hall of Fame

Last year, the Houston Astros selected 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa first overall, making him one of the youngest players ever taken in the top spot.  A year later, the 'stros are in the same spot...picking number one and, again, looking for lightning in a bottle.   But let’s not kid each other, being drafted number one doesn’t necessarily mean success....
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