Today’s portion of the draft included rounds 16-40.
TEXAS TIES: Of the club’s 41 players selected in this year’s draft, 10 have ties to the state of Texas. Joining Brady Rodgers (Arizona State) and Daniel Minor (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) from yesterday: Austin Elkins (Dallas Baptist), Travis Ballew (Texas State), C.J. Hinojosa (Klein Collins HS), Angel Ibanez (UT-Pan American), M.P. Cokinos (St. Mary’s), Mitchell Traver (Houston Christian HS) and Joseph Shaw (Ennis HS).
IN THE FAMILY: In the 35th round, Houston drafted catcher James Sinatro, son of Houston Astros Major League Catching & Advanced Scouting Coordinator Matt Sinatro, out of Skyline High School in Washington. Entering the 2012 draft, James was ranked by Rawlings Perfect Game as the 19th-best high school prospect from the state of Washington.
ASTROS SIGN 3RD-ROUND PICK:
The Astros announced today the signing of third-round selection Brady Rodgers, a right-handed pitcher from Arizona State University and a Richmond, Texas native. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
ASTROS SELECT CORREA WITH FIRST-OVERALL PICK:
The Astros selected shortstop Carlos Correa with the first-overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday. Correa, 17, played amateur baseball at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy in Gurabo, P.R. The 6-foot-4 shortstop is the highest-drafted player ever out of Puerto Rico. That label was held by catcher Ramon Castro, who was picked 17th overall by Houston in 1994. Correa was named a Rawlings First Team All-American this season, in his final year at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.
ASTROS SELECT MCCULLERS IN COMPENSATION FIRST ROUND (41ST OVERALL):
The Astros selected right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers with the 41st overall pick in the compensation first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday. McCullers, 18, posted a 13-0 record and a 0.18 ERA with 140 strikeouts in 77.1 innings pitched for Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL.