LOCAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Tonight, after the Astros make their second selection, GM Jeff Luhnow and Amateur Scouting Director Mike Elias will be available to credentialed media in the press conference room at Minute Maid Park for an informal media session. The press box will remain open to working media covering the draft following the Astros-Orioles 1:05 p.m. game. Media that do not have a season credential with the Astros must request a daily pass through the Astros Media Relations department.
ASTROS DRAFTS BY POSITION: Through 2012, the Astros have selected with their first pick: 19 pitchers, 13 infielders, eight catchers and eight outfielders.
LUHNOW AND THE DRAFT: This year will be the Astros second draft under General Manager Jeff Luhnow’s watch. Prior to being named the Astros General Manager, Luhnow had success overseeing several drafts while with the St. Louis Cardinals. Luhnow, who last served as the Cardinals vice president of scouting and player development, produced 24 Major League players in his first three drafts (2005-07), which were more than any other club in that time frame. In 2013, Luhnow had more drafted players on Opening Day rosters than any other head of amateur scouting in MLB. From 2006-10, the Cardinals organization won five minor league championships and had the best combined system record in baseball in 2010. In 2011, the Cardinals were named Organization of the Year by Baseball America. In 2012, the Astros had the top combined minor league record domestically in all of baseball (were last in 2010-11) and are also #1 thus far in 2013.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Although this will be Mike Elias’ first draft as the Astros amateur scouting director, he played a significant role in last year’s Astros draft while serving as a special assistant to the general manager, and was also involved in the draft while working under Jeff Luhnow while in the Cardinals organization (beginning in 2007). Elias, 30, is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned four letters as a left-handed pitcher on the baseball team.
ASTROS FIRST ROUNDER UPDATE: The Astros 2012 first-round pick SS Carlos Correa is hitting .282 at Class A Quad Cities with a club-best 33 RBI. At just 18 years of age, he is considered the Astros #1 or #2 prospect by most media outlets. Corpus Christi OF George Springer, a 2011 first-round pick, has been one of the top players in minor league baseball this season, leading all of the minors in HR with 17. He also leads the Texas League in RBI (47) and OPS (1.057) while hitting .310 with a club-best 17 steals. First-rounder 2BDelino DeShields (2010) is hitting .282 at Class A Lancaster with 14 SB. DeShields was the Astros 2012 Minor League Player of the Year after setting an organization record with 101 SB and was one of eight position players named to the 2012 Baseball America Minor League All-Star team. First-rounder Jiovanni Mier (2009), 22, is the everyday shortstop at Corpus Christi and leads Texas League shortstops in fielding pct. (.974) and double plays (35). First-rounder Jason Castro (2008) has been one of the top catchers in the American League in 2013, currently ranking first among backstops in doubles (15), second in HR (7) and third in batting avg. (.288). Last week, Castro became the first Astros catcher to be named Player of the Week since Craig Biggio in 1990.