The annual MLB Draft is just a few days from now and the Houston Astros hold the top overall pick, but the team has several options for the top pick and experts have different options on who the team should take as they look to rebuild and again become a contender in the National League.
One decision that each front office must make is taking a high school player or one with more experience from college. The top prospect this year is high school outfielder Byron Buxton, his upside is tremendous, but his limited experience with top-level players could have him drop out of the top spot.
The best college position player is catcher Mike Zunino from Florida. Zunino has good power and experts feel he will play in the Majors within one year. Houston has a need for a catcher and could make this Gators star the top pick, but in either case the team still has not decided and the clock is ticking for the team.
The best pitching prospect in this year's draft is Stanford's Mark Appel. The 6'5" power pitcher has over-powering stuff on the mound and will be fast-tracked to the Majors. Houston will likely pass on the youngster as they need more offensive talent in their farm system, but Appel will go in the top five and make one GM very happy on draft day.
The MLB draft is different as it takes place during the season. The hope is to sign a youngster quickly and get him experience at a professional level, but high school players become difficult as they can by-pass the draft and play college ball, making it tough on scouts and GMs all across the league. Teams need to do their homework, especially with their top picks as they don't want to have any set backs as they look to find the next super star.