Astros draft prep righty Nix in fifth round

Astros draft prep righty Nix in fifth round

The Astros selected their second high school pitcher of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft with Jacob Nix in the fifth round (136th overall).

Nix, a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher from Los Alamitos High School in California, has committed to attend UCLA. Nix pitched on Team USA's under-18 team gold medal winning team in 2013. Also on the team was Houston's Brady Aiken, whom the Astros selected with the No 1. overall pick on Thursday.

Nix is a good friend of Aiken's, and the two were texting each other throughout Friday morning. Aiken told Nix the two were rooming together. 

Nix's fastball has been clocked as high as 96 mph. He was ranked No. 60 on Perfect Game USA's list of top 500 high school prospects for 2014.

"He's expected to be somewhat of a difficult sign," scouting director Mike Elias said. "He's got a lot of upside and a lot of exciting development ahead of him."

Nix said the Astros are aware of his expectations when it comes to a contract.

"I gave them a ballpark of what I wanted, and I said don't draft me unless we're there," Nix said. "They must obviously have come up with something."

Elias said that he expects to sign Nix.

"I'm ecstatic," Nix said.

Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.