Jeff Luhnow's magic is at work -- so far.
The first-year Houston Astros general manager shocked the baseball world when he selected Carlos Correra with the first overall pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Correra was not expected to be taken No. 1 overall, and signed for below slot recommendation value, which enabled the Astros to shell out big money to sign Lance McCullers Jr.
Well, that Correra pick has already paid even more dividends. ESPN's Keith Law is reporting that the Astros are set to sign Rio Ruiz, Houston's fourth round pick, for just under $2 million dollars.
Hearing Astros will sign fifth-rounder Rio Ruiz for $1.85 million. Scouting report for Insiders: insider.espn.go.com/mlb/draft/play…— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 23, 2012
Law's scouting report includes scouting grades both for the present and the future. If Ruiz hits his future grades, then the Astros will have a steal here with Ruiz in the fourth round, as third basemen with a 60 hitting tool and 50 power tools are tough to find, and typically are All-Stars.
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