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2012 Astros Shadow Draft

This is by far the toughest I have done in the three years I have been doing this. In the past, I took the best player available and didn't factor in signability. I just thought the checkbook would open up and pay the talent because the money was saved at the MLB level and this would replenish the farm system. 
This year, there is a limit to spending and I don't get to negotiate with the players. That is why I took the #2 player on my board with the #1 overall pick. I took Carlos Correa over Luc Giolito due to the fact I know he will sign for less than slot. The Astros also picked Lance McCullers, who was the top talent on my board in the supplemental round, so I took him as well. I know that the Astros will get these two signed.
After that I took targets. I like local product Mitchell Brown. Rio Ruiz slid due to an injury but is a top 2 round talent or better. I love Christian Walker and thought about taking him in the 3rd round. Then I took a couple senior signs that I know I could get signed and open up a little more cash for later picks. Then I was stumped. I didn't know what to do here. I didn't want more seniors and I have no idea which top talents were signable, so I looked at who other teams picked in this range. I love Tomas Nido's bat and I really expected Kevin Ross to go to school but they are the kinds of guys that are worth later picks here. Danny Poma is another senior I liked. Since the 10th round is only worth $125k, I took a chance on a top draft target.
After the top 10th, I loaded up on hard to sign talents and a few college and JC guys I like and see as signable. Not many though. I'm sure I won't get more than 15 guys from this draft signed. That's fine. I have a lot of talent in the system and one year like this won't hurt. I do need to look at doing it differently next season.
11Carlos CorreaSSHouston Astros
1s41Lance McCullersPHouston Astros
261Mitchell BrownPCincinnati Reds
396Rio Ruiz3BMiami Marlins
4129Christian Walker1BMinnesota Twins
5159Ross StriplingPNew York Mets
6189Taylor DugasOFNew York Yankees
7219Tomas NidoCSan Francisco Giants
8249Kevin RossSSWashington Nationals
9279Danny PomaOFArizona Diamondbacks
10309Hunter VirantPMinnesota Twins
11339Trey Williams3BToronto Blue Jays
12369Alex BregmanCArizona Diamondbacks
13399Clate SchmidtPTexas Rangers
14429Rhett WisemanOFBoston Red Sox
15459Dylan LaVelleSSLos Angeles Dodgers
16489James KaprielianPPittsburgh Pirates
17519Charles MoormanCTexas Rangers
18549Jharel CottonPCincinnati Reds
19579Connor HarrellOFSt. Louis Cardinals
20609Chase MullinsPSan Francisco Giants
21639Tyler HollsteggePOakland A's
22669Skye BoltOFNew York Mets
23699C.J. HinojosaSSBaltimore Orioles
24729David ThompsonOFTampa Bay Rays
25759Creede Simpson2BBaltimore Orioles
26789Mitchell TraverPArizona Diamondbacks
27819Cody PoteetPHouston Astros
28849Brandon LopezSSMilwaukee Brewers
29879Ryan GarveyOFSan Diego Padres
30909Xavier Turner3BPhiladelphia Phillies
31939Eric HanholdPSt. Louis Cardinals
32969James MarvelPHouston Astros
33999Braden BishopOFDetroit Tigers
341029Sean McLaughlinOFAtlanta Braves
351059Drew JacksonSSMiami Marlins
361089Dansby SwansonSSCleveland Indians
371119Kurt SchluterPSeattle Mariners
381149Grayson LongPMilwaukee Brewers
391179Darrell MillerCBaltimore Orioles
401209Taylor KaczmarekPMiami Marlins


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