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MLB Draft 2012: Uncertainty Surrounds Houston Astros First Pick

Most of the speculation regarding the Houston Astros first pick of the draft had had the team selecting Stanford pitcher and Houston native Mark Appel.

But that might not be what actually transpires. Astros general manger Jeff Luhnow tells the Sporting News that he has a number players on his radar for Monday.

"At the end of the day, this draft is filled with a number of players that are going to play in the big leagues for a long time," Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said, "and we need to do our best to try to figure out which ones we want to be wearing Astros uniforms."

Aside from Appel, the Astros could take high school outfielder Byron Buxton, LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman and Florida catcher Mike Zunino.

The draft begins at 5 p.m. CT on MLB Network.

For more on the Astros, be sure to check out the Crawfish Boxes, and for more on the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, head on over to Minor League Ball.

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