MLB Draft 2012: Luhnow, Houston Astros Preparing For Top Pick

Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has a good story about how the Houston Astros are preparing for the No. 1 overall pick in this June's draft.

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Based on the experiences of the last two scouting directors to have No. 1 picks, the Astros will know every flaw of the player they select — whether it be Stanford righthander Mark Appel, five-tool Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton, up-and-coming University of San Francisco hurler Kyle Zimmer or any of the others at the top of a draft with no clear runaway favorite.

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Zimmer is the new kid on the block for the "1-1" pick, as he's had a huge spring with his strikeout potential. Appel was the favorite coming in to this season but has fallen off a bit early before rebounding with a big start against Rice. Buxton is probably the top high school player in the country.

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What we do know is the Astros will be ridiculously prepared. Add in Sig Mejdal's statistical projection finds and the Astros could be in for a very interesting draft. I can't wait.

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For what it's worth, my money is still on LSU's Kevin Gausman over Appel, who reminds me a little too much of Mark Prior.

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