List of Houston Astros first-round draft picks

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Craig Biggio (1987) is the only first-round draft pick of the Astros with over 3000 career hits.

The Houston Astros, originally called the "Colt .45s", are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Houston, Texas. They play in the American League West division. Since the institution of Major League Baseball's Rule 4 Draft, the Astros have selected 56 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft",[1] the Rule 4 Draft is Major League Baseball's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, and the team that had the worst record receives the first pick.[1] In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.[2] The First-Year Player Draft is unrelated to the 1961 expansion draft in which the Astros initially filled their roster.

Of the 56 players picked in the first round by Houston, 24 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 21 of these were right-handed, while 3 were left-handed. Nine catchers were selected, while nine outfielders, nine shortstops, two first basemen, and two third basemen were taken as well. The team also selected one player at second base.[3] Thirteen of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, while Texas and Tennessee follow with five and three players, respectively. They have also drafted two players from outside the United States: Carlos Correa (2012) from Puerto Rico and Ramón Castro (1994) from Puerto Rico.[3]

No Astros first-round pick has won a Rookie of the Year award, Most Valuable Player award, or Cy Young Award with the team. Craig Biggio (1987) is the only player drafted by the Astros in the first round in the 3000 hit club.[4] Brad Lidge (1998) won the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2008 with the Philadelphia Phillies, his first season after leaving the Astros.[5]

The Astros have made 12 selections in the supplemental round of the draft. They have made the first overall selection in the draft twice, in 1976 and 1992.[3][6] They have had 16 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the prior off-season,[2][7][V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.[8] The Astros have failed to sign three of their first-round picks. First, pitcher Randy Scarbery (1970) did not sign though the Astros received no pick in compensation.[9] John Burke (1991) and Brady Aiken (2014) also did not sign. The Astros were given the 37th pick of the 1992 draft and a pick in the 2015 draft in compensation.[3]

Key[edit]

Year Links to an article about that year's Major League Baseball Draft
Position Indicates the secondary/collegiate position at which the player was drafted, rather than the professional position the player may have gone on to play
Pick Indicates the number of the pick
* Player did not sign with the Astros
§ Indicates a supplemental pick

Picks[edit]

A man in a black baseball jersey, cap, and white pants pitches a baseball with his left hand.
Although the Astros have drafted 23 pitchers in the first round, Billy Wagner (1993) is one of only 3 left-handed pitchers taken.
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Ramón Castro (1994), drafted out of Puerto Rico, is the only player drafted by the Astros in the first round from outside the United States.
A man in a red baseball jersey with "ASTROS" on the chest and black cap stands in a baseball dugout looking up.
Lance Berkman (1997) is one of two players drafted from an institution based in the Astros' home city of Houston.
A man in grey pants, a blue baseball jersey, and a red baseball cap with "P" on it jogs in the field.
Brad Lidge (1998) went on to win the Comeback Player of the Year award in 2008 with the Phillies, a season after leaving the Astros.
A man in red socks and a gray baseball uniform with "Arizona" on the chest stands after taking a right-handed baseball swing.
Chris Burke (2001) is the only second baseman taken by the Astros in the first round of the draft.
Year Name Position School (Location) Pick Ref
1965 Barrett, AlexAlex Barrett Shortstop Atwater High School
(Atwater, California)
4 [10]
1966 Twitchell, WayneWayne Twitchell Right-handed pitcher Wilson High School
(Portland, Oregon)
3 [11]
1967 Mayberry, JohnJohn Mayberry First baseman Northwestern High School
(Detroit, Michigan)
6 [12]
1968 Cott, MartinMartin Cott Catcher Hutchinson Technical High School
(Buffalo, New York)
3 [13]
1969 Richard, J. R.J. R. Richard Right-handed pitcher Lincoln High School
(Ruston, Louisiana)
2 [14]
1970 Scarbery, RandyRandy Scarbery* Right-handed pitcher Roosevelt High School
(Fresno, California)
7 [15]
1971 Rasmussen, NeilNeil Rasmussen Shortstop Arcadia High School
(Arcadia, California)
12 [16]
1972 Englishbey, SteveSteve Englishbey Outfielder South Houston High School
(South Houston, Texas)
9 [17]
1973 Portley, CalvinCalvin Portley Shortstop Longview High School
(Longview, Texas)
20 [18]
1974 Drake, KevinKevin Drake Outfielder Cabrillo High School
(Lompoc, California)
15 [19]
1975 McLaughlin, BoBo McLaughlin Right-handed pitcher Lipscomb University
(Nashville, Tennessee)
14 [20]
1976 Bannister, FloydFloyd Bannister Left-handed pitcher Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
1 [21]
1977 Adams, RickyRicky Adams Shortstop Montclair High School
(Montclair, California)
14 [22]
1978 Boxberger, RodRod Boxberger Right-handed pitcher University of Southern California
(Los Angeles, California)
11 [23]
1979 Mizerock, JohnJohn Mizerock Catcher Punxsutawney High School
(Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania)
8 [24]
1980 no first-round pick[a] [3]
1981 no first-round pick[b] [3]
1982 Swain, SteveSteve Swain Outfielder Grossmont High School
(El Cajon, California)
15 [25]
1983 Wine, RobbieRobbie Wine Catcher Oklahoma State University–Stillwater
(Stillwater, Oklahoma)
8 [26]
1984 August, DonDon August Right-handed pitcher Chapman University
(Orange, California)
17 [27]
1985 Drew, CameronCameron Drew Outfielder University of New Haven
(West Haven, Connecticut)
12 [28]
1986 Bowen, RyanRyan Bowen Right-handed pitcher Hanford High School
(Hanford, California)
13 [29]
1987 Biggio, CraigCraig Biggio Catcher Seton Hall University
(South Orange, New Jersey)
22 [30]
1988 Ansley, WillieWillie Ansley Outfielder Plainview High School
(Plainview, Texas)
7 [31]
1989 Juden, JeffJeff Juden Right-handed pitcher Salem High School
(Salem, Massachusetts)
12 [32]
1989 Jones, ToddTodd Jones Right-handed pitcher Jacksonville State University
(Jacksonville, Alabama)
27§[c] [32]
1990 Nevers, TomTom Nevers Shortstop Edina High School
(Edina, Minnesota)
21[d] [33]
1990 Williams, BrianBrian Williams Right-handed pitcher University of South Carolina
(Columbia, South Carolina)
31§[e] [33]
1991 Burke, JohnJohn Burke* Right-handed pitcher University of Florida
(Gainesville, Florida)
6 [34]
1991 Livsey, ShawnShawn Livsey Shortstop Simeon Career Academy
(Chicago, Illinois)
29§[f] [34]
1991 Gonzalez, JimJim Gonzalez Catcher East Hartford High School
(East Hartford, Connecticut)
40§[g] [34]
1991 Groppuso, MikeMike Groppuso Third baseman Seton Hall University
(South Orange, New Jersey)
44§[h] [34]
1992 Nevin, PhilPhil Nevin Third baseman California State University, Fullerton
(Fullerton, California)
1 [35]
1992 Rhine, KendallKendall Rhine Right-handed pitcher University of Georgia
(Athens, Georgia)
37§[i] [35]
1993 Wagner, BillyBilly Wagner Left-handed pitcher Ferrum College
(Ferrum, Virginia)
12 [36]
1994 Castro, RamonRamón Castro Catcher Lino Padron Rivera High School
(Vega Baia, Puerto Rico)
17 [37]
1994 Elarton, ScottScott Elarton Right-handed pitcher Lamar High School
(Lamar, Colorado)
25[j] [37]
1994 Johnson, RussRuss Johnson Shortstop Louisiana State University
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
30§[k] [37]
1995 McKnight, TonyTony McKnight Right-handed pitcher Arkansas High School
(Texarkana, Arkansas)
22 [38]
1996 Johnson, MarkMark Johnson Right-handed pitcher University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
(Honolulu, Hawaii)
19 [38]
1997 Berkman, LanceLance Berkman First baseman Rice University
(Houston, Texas)
16 [39]
1998 Lidge, BradBrad Lidge Right-handed pitcher University of Notre Dame
(Notre Dame, Indiana)
17[l] [40]
1998 Nannini, MikeMike Nannini Right-handed pitcher Green Valley High School
(Henderson, Nevada)
37§[m] [40]
1999 Rosamond, MikeMike Rosamond Outfielder University of Mississippi
(Oxford, Mississippi)
42§[m] [41]
2000 Stiehl, RobertRobert Stiehl Right-handed pitcher El Camino College
(Torrance, California)
27 [42]
2001 Burke, ChrisChris Burke Second baseman University of Tennessee
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
10 [43]
2002 Derick Grigsby Right-handed pitcher Northeast Texas Community College
(Mount Pleasant, Texas)
29 [44]
2003 no first-round pick[n] [3]
2004 no first-round pick[o] [3]
2005 Bogusevic, BrianBrian Bogusevic Left-handed pitcher Tulane University
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
24 [45]
2005 Eli Iorg Outfielder University of Tennessee
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
38§[p] [45]
2006 Maxwell Sapp Catcher Bishop Moore High School
(Orlando, Florida)
23 [46]
2007 no first-round pick[r] [3]
2008 Castro, JasonJason Castro Catcher Stanford University
(Stanford, California)
10 [47]
2008 Lyles, JordanJordan Lyles Right-handed pitcher Hartsville High School
(Hartsville, South Carolina)
38§[s] [47]
2009 Mier, JiovanniJiovanni Mier Shortstop Bonita High School
(La Verne, California)
21 [48]
2010 DeShields, Jr., DelinoDelino DeShields, Jr. Outfielder Woodward Academy
(College Park, Georgia)
8 [49]
2010 Foltynewicz, MikeMike Foltynewicz Right-handed pitcher Minooka High School
(Minooka, Illinois)
19[t] [49]
2010 Kvasnicka, MichaelMichael Kvasnicka Catcher University of Minnesota
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
33§[u] [49]
2011 Springer, GeorgeGeorge Springer Outfielder University of Connecticut
(Storrs, Connecticut)
11 [50]
2012 Correa, CarlosCarlos Correa Shortstop Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
(Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico)
1 [51]
2013 Appel, MarkMark Appel Right-handed pitcher Stanford University
(Palo Alto, California)
1 [52]
2014 Aiken, BradyBrady Aiken* Left-handed pitcher Cathedral Catholic High School
(San Diego, California)
1 [53]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  • V Free agents are evaluated by the Elias Sports Bureau and rated "Type A", "Type B", or not compensation-eligible. If a team offers arbitration to a player but that player refuses and subsequently signs with another team, the original team may receive additional draft picks. If a "Type A" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives a supplemental pick and a compensation pick from the team with which he signs. If a "Type B" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives only a supplemental pick.[8]
  • a The Astros lost their first-round pick in 1980 to the Los Angeles Angels as compensation for signing free agent Nolan Ryan.[54]
  • b The Astros lost their first-round pick in 1981 to the Texas Rangers as compensation for signing free agent Dave Roberts.[55]
  • c The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 1989 for losing free agent Nolan Ryan.[32]
  • d The Astros gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1990 from the San Francisco Giants for losing free agent Kevin Bass.[33]
  • e The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 1990 for losing free agent Kevin Bass.[33]
  • f The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 1991 for losing free agent Danny Darwin.[34]
  • g The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 1991 for losing free agent Dave Smith.[34]
  • h The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 1991 for losing free agent Franklin Stubbs.[34]
  • i The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 1992 for failing to sign their 1991 first-round pick John Burke.[35]
  • j The Astros gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1994 from the San Francisco Giants for losing free agent Mark Portugal.[37]
  • k The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 1994 for losing free agent Mark Portugal.[37]
  • l The Astros gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1998 from the Colorado Rockies for losing free agent Darryl Kile.[40]
  • m The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 1998 for losing free agent Darryl Kile.[40]
  • n The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 1999 for losing free agent Randy Johnson.[41]
  • o The Astros lost their first-round pick in 2003 to the San Francisco Giants as compensation for signing free agent Jeff Kent.[56]
  • p The Astros lost their first-round pick in 2004 to the New York Yankees as compensation for signing free agent Andy Pettitte.[57]
  • q The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 2005 for losing free agent Carlos Beltrán.[45]
  • r The Astros lost their first-round pick in 2007 to the Texas Rangers as compensation for signing free agent Carlos Lee.[58]
  • s The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 2008 for losing free agent Trever Miller.[47]
  • t The Astros gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2010 from the Detroit Tigers for losing free agent José Valverde.[49]
  • u The Astros gained a supplemental pick in 2010 for losing free agent José Valverde.[49]

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