41 facts about Astros' 41 draft picks

41 facts about Astros' 41 draft picks
June 9, 2014, 5:00 pm
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1 (1) Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (CA)
According to reports, Aiken has agreed to a $6.5 million signing bonus, which is $1.4 million under slot value. That's significant because the Astros can use that money to get other players to sign.

CB A (37) Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia
Aside from batting .405 and hitting seven home runs, Fisher led the Cavaliers for getting hit. He was hit 12 times in 2013.

2 (42) A.J. Reed, 1B, Kentucky
Reed was the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year. He was also the SEC Player of the Year.

3 (75) J.D. Davis, 3B, Cal State-Fullerton
Davis says he models his game after David Wright and Aaron Hill.

4 (106) Daniel Mengden, RHP, Texas A&M
Mengden is from Houston and played at Westside High School. He helped lead the Wolves to the playoffs for four consecutive seasons.

5 (136) Jacob Nix, RHP, Los Alamitos HS (CA)
The UCLA commit pitched for the 18U National Team along with top overall pick Aiken.

6 (166) Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Central Arizona College
Dykxhoorn played on Team Canada's Junior Team and was drafted by the Reds in the 20th round coming out of high school.

7 (196) Derick Velazquez, RHP, Fresno State
Velazquez lists Derek Jeter as his favorite athlete and says his biggest athletic thrill was pitching at the Oakland Coliseum.

8 (226) Bobby Boyd, CF, West Virginia
The All-Big 12 selection led West Virginia in average (.356), runs (46), hits (78) and stolen bases (18).

9 (256) Brian Radziewski, LHP, Miami (FL)
He struck out 111 batters in 100 2/3 innings in 2014 after striking out 109 batters in 91 innings in 2013.

10 (286) Jay Gause, RHP, Faulkner University
Gause transferred to Faulkner from Walters State Community College. He held opponents to a .139 batting average in 2014.

11 (316) Dean Deetz, RHP, NE Oklahoma A&M
Deetz played in 15 games (10 starts) in 2014 after he missed the entire 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery.

12 (346) Ryan Bottger, OF, Texas-Arlington
Bottger was named to the 2014 All-Sun Belt Conference first team in 2014.

13 (376) Jamie Ritchie, C, Belmont
After batting .203 in 2012 and .221 in 2013, Ritchie had a much better season at the plate in 2014, batting .302 with 13 doubles and six homers.

14 (406) Nick Tanielu, IF, Washington State
Named to the All-Pac 12 Conference team after leading the Cougars with a .340 average. He batted .409 in 2013.

15 (436) Connor Goedert, IF, Neosho County CC
He led his league in RBIs with 90 in 2014, while hitting .444.

16 (466) Ramon Laureano, OF, NE Oklahoma A&M
The Dominican Republic native was selected to the Men's Division 1 all-Region 2 team.

17 (496) Ben Smith, LHP, Coastal Carolina
Smith made just six starts in 2014 before suffering and injury and needing Tommy John surgery. He was ranked as the 175th best prospect by MLB.com.

18 (526) Antonio Nunez, IF, Western Oklahoma St. Col.
Nunez hit .371 with a .491 OBP in his sophomore season in 2014.

19 (556) Ruben Castro, C, Puerto Rico BB Acad. (PR)
Castro is the second player taken by the Astros from the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy. The Astros took Carlos Correa from there with the No. 1 overall pick in 2012.

20 (586) Trent Woodward, C, Fresno State
Woodward batted cleanup and struck out just 29 times and walked 36 times in 2014 as a redshirt junior.

21 (616) Mac Marshall, LHP, Parkview HS (GA)
Marshall struck out 93 batters in 66 1/3 innings with a .63 ERA and a 9-1 record.

22 (646) Bryan Muniz, IF, Southeastern
Muniz lead the NAIA in doubles with 22 in 2014.

23 (676) Ryan Thompson, RHP, Campbell University
Thompson broke his school record with 17 saves and was the Big South Conference tournament MVP.

24 (706) Vince Wheeland, RHP, Oklahoma State
Wheeland led the Big 12 in wins with 10 and was second in ERA with a 1.53.

25 (736) Zach Davis, LHP, Central Missouri
Davis had 12 saves with a 1.98 ERA in 2014.

26 (766) Mott Hyde, IF, Georgia Tech
At the time of his final game, no active Division-I player had played or started in more career games than Hyde.

27 (796) Brandon McNitt, RHP, SUNY Stony Brook
McNitt was a first-team All-American East.

28 (826) Aaron Greenwood, RHP, Mississippi
Greenwood pitched out of the bullpen for his entire collegiate career.

29 (856) Richard Gonzalez, C, Alabama State
Before attending Alabama State, Gonzalez was at the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy, where Correa and Castro (19th round) are from.

30 (886) Sean McMullen, OF, LSU
His cousin is former Mississippi State and MLB All-Star Will Clark.

31 (916) Dexter McCall, IF, Hillsborough CC
McHall batted .364 with 14 doubles in 2014.

32 (946) Robert Kahana, RHP, Kansas
Kahana is from Ewa Beach, Hawaii and played three seasons in Kansas.

33 (976) Edwin Medina, OF, St. Thomas University
Medina led the Sun Conference in stolen bases with 33.

34 (1006) Joshua James, RHP, West. Oklahoma State Col.
The righty is from the Virgin Islands and didn't start pitching until he was 16.

35 (1036) Keegan Yuhl, RHP, Concordia
In 2014, he threw the first no-hitter in Concordia history.

36 (1066) Justin Ferrell, RHP, Connors State College
Ferrell is 6-7, 190 pounds.

37 (1096) Eric Peterson, RHP, NC State
Peterson started his college career at Temple before transferring to NC State, where he pitched 56 innings and struck out 63.

38 (1126) Michael Foster, IF, Northeastern
Foster was nationally ranked as a swimmer in Canada in 2010.

39 (1156) Brad Antchak, IF, NE Oklahoma A&M
Originally from Delta, British Columbia, Antchak hit .295 and led the team in walks and stolen bases.

40 (1186) Alex Hernandez, IF, Miami (FL)
The second baseman led the team in games played for the second straight season in 2014 and also led the team with 191 assists.