Carlos Correa poses with an Astros jersey after Houston selected the 17-year-old shortstop with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. (Credit: Houston Astros)

MLB Draft 2012: Astros Select Shortstop Carlos Correa With Top Overall Pick

The first overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Carlos Correa is excited to join the Houston organization and was proud to be the first Puerto Rican taken No. 1 overall.

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2012 MLB Draft Analysis: Houston Astros' Draft Class Praised By Keith Law

The Houston Astros needed to hit a home run in the 2012 MLB Draft. In fact, the farm system and major league roster is so depleted that they will need the same for the next few drafts. But if the future success of the team is predicated on the slow steps they take now, they can feel good about the early evaluations of Jeff Luhnow’s first class as the Astros General Manager.

ESPN’s Keith Law recently released his quick evaluations of the top players taken for each team. Law wastes no words before stating how much he appreciates the job Luhnow did:

I love this draft. They’ll likely sign first overall pick Carlos Correa (1) for well less than the $7.2 million assigned value — I’m expecting something around $4.5 million — and spread the money to high-upside prep pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (1A) and sweet-swinging third baseman Rio Ruiz (4). Shortstop Nolan Fontana (2) stays at the position with great instincts, an average but accurate arm and a great eye at the plate.

Brady Rodgers (3) has plus command, and will work with three and possibly four pitches, although his fastball will likely sit at fringe-average. Brett Phillips (6) can run, throw and play the outfield, and has played linebacker in his spare time. With a solid swing, he seems like an outstanding value in that spot. Preston Tucker (7) is a good senior sign with some pull power but probably not enough offense overall to profile as more than a bench guy.

The Astros need an infusion of talent at every position and at nearly every level. A start like this is a good thing for Astros fans to breathe easy knowing that the future is much brighter now than it was three days ago.

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2012 MLB Draft: Houston Astros Draft Results

Jeff Luhnow's first draft as the general manager of the Houston Astros is now officially in the books, as the 2012 First-Year Player draft came to an end on Wednesday. After shocking the baseball world by taking Carlos Correra with the first overall pick, Luhnow made another risky selection with his second choice -- Lance McCullers. McCullers is considered a difficult sign, but since the Astros are saving money by taking Correra first overall, Houston has a good chance to ink him.

Here's a look at Houston's entire 2012 draft class.

  • No. 1 overall: Carlos Correra, SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, PR
  • No. 41 overall: Lance McCullers Jr., RHP, Jesuit HS Tampa, FL
  • No. 61 overall: Nolan Fontana, SS, Florida
  • No. 96 overall: Brady Rodgers, RHP, Arizona State
  • No. 129 overall: Rio Ruiz, 3B, Bishop Amat HS, CA
  • No. 159 overall: Andrew Aplin, OF, Arizona State
  • No. 189 overall: Brett Phillips, OF, Seminole HS, FL
  • No. 219 overall: Preston Tucker, OF, Florida
  • No. 249 overall: Tyler Heineman, C, UCLA
  • No. 279 overall: Daniel Minor, RHP, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
  • No. 309 overall: Joe Bircher, LHP, Bradley, IL
  • No. 339 overall: Hunter Virant, LHP, Camarillo HS, CA
  • No. 369 overall: Terrell Joyce, LF, Florida State College
  • No. 399 overall: Brian Holmes, LHP, Wake Forest, NC
  • No. 429 overall: Joe Sclafani, SS, Dartmouth, NH
  • No. 459 overall: Erick Gonzalez, RHP, Gateway CC, AZ
  • No. 489 overall: Dan Gulbransen, OF, Jacksonville, FL
  • No. 519 overall: Aaron West, RHP, Washington
  • No. 549 overall: Richard Gingrass, C, Palm Desert, CA
  • No. 579 overall: Ausin Elkins, 2B, Dallas Baptist, TX
  • No. 609 overall: Ryan Clark, LHP, Kent State, OH
  • No. 639 overall: Marc Wik, OF, Chabot JC, CA
  • No. 669 overall: Kenny Long, LHP, Illinois State
  • No. 699 overall: Travis Ballew, RHP, Texas State
  • No. 729 overall: Patrick Blair, SS, Wake Forest, NC
  • No. 759 overall: Ryan Dineen, SS, Eastern Illinois
  • No. 789 overall: C.J. Hinojosa, SS, Klein Collins HS, TX
  • No. 819 overall: Tanner Mathis, OF, Mississippi
  • No. 849 overall: Angel Ibanez, 3B, Texas-Pan American
  • No. 879 overall: Christian Garcia, RHP, Florence-Darlington Tech JC, SC
  • No. 909 overall: Johny Neely, Texas Tech
  • No. 939 overall: M.P. Cokinos, C, St. Mary's, TX
  • No. 969 overall: Tyler Manez, LHP, Plainedge HS, NY
  • No. 999 overall: Mike Hauschild, RHP, Dayton, OH
  • No. 1,029 overall: Jordan Jankowski, RHP, Catawba, NC
  • No. 1,059 overall: James Sinatro, C, Skyline HS, WA
  • No. 1,089 overall: Mike Martinez, 3B, Florida International
  • No. 1,119 overall: Michael Dimock, RHP, Wake Forest, NC
  • No. 1,149 overall: Zachary Remillard, 3B, LaSalle Institute, NY
  • No. 1,179 overall: Mitchell Traver, RHP, Houston Christian HS, TX
  • No. 1,209 overall: Joseph Shaw, RHP, Ennis HS, TX

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Houston Astros Sunday Roundup: Three Weeks Till The 2012 Draft

Who has his finger on the button: Jim Crane, Bobby Heck or Jeff Luhnow?

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