Unfortunately, there isn't much in-depth analysis on this snapshot of the board--they save that for the subscribers--but Baseball America has the Astros selecting Montverde Academy shortstop Francisco Lindor in their latest mock of the 2011 MLB Draft.
ESPN can pinch-hit for them though--here's Jason A. Churchill to tell us a little something about Lindor:
Montverde Academy (Fla.) shortstop Francisco Lindor has dazzled scouts all season, and may have played his stock to within the top five or six talents in the class. The 17-year-old has shown range, arm strength and accuracy, and the ability to hit from both sides of the plate. What's more, Lindor is hitting for some power from both sides while maintaining high contact rates.â†µ
"The only thing I have yet to see is the costume," said a long-time scout. "He's one of those stat sheet stuffers: steals, defense, throws, doubles, homers, triples ... in a lot of years that is the No. 1 pick."â†µ
Sure does sound nice. Also sounds like he probably won't make it to the Astros unless a number of things go right in front of them, including the overvaluing of some specific pitching prospects. Still, it's a fun dream. Lindor sounds a lot like Manny Machado, who has immediately paid dividends for the Orioles farm system after being the third overall selection in last year's draft.