Clifford – who is committed to Vanderbilt – is sure to get a plus bid from the Astros. After taking only college players in the first two days, Houston saved up extra money to go after prospect of MLB Pipeline #92.
It will be an uphill task to get the 18-year-old away from Vanderbilt, but Clifford is expecting to sign with the Astros, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.
Clifford’s sporting spirit and approach attracted the Astros in, and according to MLB Pipeline, the swing of the left is comparable to Seth Beer’s former Astros prospect.
“He (Clifford) was better and bigger than everyone else at 15-16, so he dominated early on,” said agent Keith Grunwald who played with Clifford’s father, John, at the Colorado Rockies. The body seems to be the part.”
Clifford also posted this on his Twitter account:
In the twelfth round, the Astros started their short picks with Zach Dezenzo at No. 373. Producer Ohio State cut .319/.413/.701 in 51 games last year.
“My ability to lead in running and producing in an offensive way is definitely a strong suit for me,” said Dezenzo. “But I also think I’ve been coming from the Power Five for the last four years, I’ve played very high in my four years in college, so the experience is definitely there. The maturity is definitely there. I’ll say as a leader at Ohio, I bring some of that leadership side as well. “.
Dezenzo played 21 games in the MLB Draft League in 2022, starting 11 games at first base. The short hitting hard-hitting player can develop into a versatile player who can extend into the left field in the Houston system.
“I imagine myself developing in all areas of the game, becoming a more powerful baseball player,” said Dezenzo. “Upgrade my defensive game, upgrade my mental game, upgrade my technique.”
He confirmed that Shortstop agreed to sign with Houston Inside the Astros. Scout Scott Oberhelman was the person responsible for Dezenzo’s outreach to the organization.
Continuing with the short picks in round 13, the Astros picked Jackson Loftin with the 403 pick. At Oral Roberts, the Right had a 1,019 OPS with 35 walks to 34 attacks.
Loftin fits the mold of many disciplined hitters, and also brings a bold base to the organization. The Houston hometown player pulled 25 sacks in 30 attempts in 2022. In 15 Northwoods league games this summer, Loftin stole 13 sacks in 17 attempts.
“We’ve had some preliminary talks, but (the Astros) love my athletic country which makes me so versatile to play so many top positions,” Loftin said.
Before moving to Oral Roberts, the 22-year-old played three seasons at Sam Houston State after playing in high school at Klein Collins in the Houston area. Loftin also confirmed that Inside The Astros He will sign with Houston.
But man, that means the world is going to craft them,” Loftin said. “I’ve been a fan of the Astros my whole life and participated in over a hundred games in the Minute Maid so it was a dream to pick them.”
The Astros picked a third straight short stop at Tommy Sacco in Round 14 in picking No. 433. As a fifth-year freshman at Texas Christian, the hitter hit 0.355 with 14 home runs and 18 base steals in 60 games.
Like the others, Sacco learned that the Astros chose him minutes before the selection was announced. His primary contact with the team was scout Jim Stephenson – who believed the player would be a sufficient contributor to the organization.
“The best thing I can bring is consistency,” Sacco said. “That’s the kind of thing that people have always praised.” “I don’t go up much in the highs and lows. I’m very good at standing kind of in the middle, taking things at face value and focusing on the next step.”
Sako confirmed to Inside The Astros He orally agreed to sign with Houston.
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“A year from now, ideally, I don’t want to be in the same place,” Sacco said. “I would like to see myself kind of develop wise, defensive, offensive and force wise. I would just like to see myself progress and become a baseball player knowing I can be at a professional level.”
In the 15th round, Houston picked right-handed bowler Joey Mancini—the organization’s first-choice bowler on day three. At Boston College, Mancini hit 63 hitters over 76 2/3 runs in 2022.
The Astros followed him in the 16th round, picking up their fourth short stint of teamwork on day three. With the 493 pick, Houston took Georgia Tech’s second Tim Borden—who cut .335/.466/.689 with 20 home runs from the right side of the board.
With pick number 523, the Astros picked first baseman Garrett McGowan of Pittsburgh State in the 17th round. In 2022, the left slapped 83 strokes – 10 in the doubles and 18 for the home run.
“My strongest attributes are my ability to strike for strength and connection, as well as being able to field at a very high level,” McGowan said.
Similar to Sacco, McGowan’s primary contact was Stevenson who invited him to a pre-workout on Twitter in late May. Stevenson praised his composure and closeness in the hitting box as well as his defensive abilities. At first base last year, McGowan made no mistake on 385 chances.
McGowan orally agreed to sign with Houston after three seasons of college baseball, and confirmed it Inside The Astros.
“In my first professional season, I’m hoping to improve my eyesight, plate discipline and increase my walking percentage,” McGowan said. “Looking to the future a year from now, I hope to be a better player in all areas of the game and help the team win as many games as possible.”
In the 18th round, the organization selected the second-only high school freshman from the draft in defensive lineman Isaiah Jackson of Cienega High School in Arizona. Jackson was ranked #229 by the MLB Pipeline with his 6-foot-3 frame and raw power from the left side. No. 553 would likely be chosen without a signature and attend Arizona.
The Astros came back with the college collectors to finish the 2022 draft. In the 19th round, John Garcia was selected with the 583rd pick from Grambling State, and in the 20th round, Dallas Baptiste’s Ryan Wrobleski was picked with the 613th pick.
From the Dominican Republic, Garcia has cut 409/.515/.679 in 55 games this season with 18 doubles, 10 home runs and 67 RBI. according to goudro catchingand has verbally agreed to sign with the Astros.
“I feel I will bring joy to the team and excitement to the fans,” Garcia said. “Whenever I get the chance to be in the big leagues, I’ll try to bring another championship to the city of Houston by contributing to hitting and leading the defense.”
Wrobleski hit 0.318 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 38 games in his first season at the Dallas Baptiste. Playing most of his games behind the house board, the right player starts in the center.
“I think the best advantage is that if you get to the big league level, the team can have their third player who can play right in midfield and right field,” Vrubelski said.
The catcher had little contact with Houston prior to his pick on Tuesday, but is eager to play baseball again after verbally agreeing to sign with the organization once his advisor tells him the news.
“A year from now, five years from now, no matter how long my career is, I just want to do it. I don’t want to put pressure on myself because this is a great opportunity,” Vrubelsky said. “I can do this, it’s a dream come true. Not many people get that opportunity. So I just want to make the most of it.”
With 21 picks in the 2022 MLB Draft, the Astros chose seven right bowlers, five linemen, four short stops, three catchers, one left-handed pitcher, and one first base. The deadline for signing draft choices is August 1.
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