Major League Baseball wrapped up its 2020 amateur draft on Thursday night. The spread of the novel coronavirus required the draft to be held virtually instead of in Omaha, Nebraska alongside the College World Series. The owners' desire to slash costs, meanwhile, led to the draft being shortened from 40 rounds to five.
The Astros lost their first- and second-round picks as punishment for their sign-stealing scandal and did not make a selection until the 72nd overall pick. Their four-player draft haul earned a C grade from our experts:
The Astros didn't have much to work with. They surrendered their first- and second-round picks as punishment for the sign-stealing scandal -- their first pick was No. 72 overall -- but they still landed a second-round talent in righty Alex Santos. Third rounder Ty Brown was a nice get as well. He is a stathead fave thanks to big spin rates. There's impact potential there, even if he's only a reliever. Houston did about as well as it could've hoped, but no first and second rounders is going to hurt no matter how you cut it. Hard to go higher than C in their situation.
Below you'll find a draft tracker for the Houston Astros.
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