Could This Years Top Pick End Up With Tri-City?

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The Houston Astros hold the first pick in tonight's Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. It's likely the Astros will draft either pitcher Jonathan Gray out of the University of Oklahoma or pitcher Mark Appel out of Stanford University. Both pitchers have the ability to make an impact on the Astros organization immediately, so they may be fast tracked to the big leagues. 

However, is it possible that who ever the Astros select tonight will start their professional career with the Tri-City ValleyCats?

Consider this, in the last 25 years only three players selected #1 overall have played in the New York-Penn League in their first season of professional baseball, Tim Beckham in 2008 with the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays), Adrian Gonzalez with the Utica Blue Sox (Florida Marlins) in 2000,  and Josh Hamilton with the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays) in 1999. They combined to play only 28 games in the league.


Last season the Astros selected 17-year old shortstop Carlos Correa with the first overall pick, and assigned him to rookie ball in the Gulf Coast League before promoting him to Greeneville in the Appalachian League later that season. The Astros have already moved him up to Quad Cities (A) to start this season.

The Astros are in need in talent at the major league level soon so they may be fast tracking their young talent up the minor league ranks. It's highly unlikely that who ever goes #1 tonight will end up with the Valley Cats. It's more reasonable to assume they'll be assigned to either Lanaster (A+) or Corpus Christi (AA).

Sorry ValleyCats' fans!
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