Buried in McTaggart's fireside chat is Ed Wade explaining why the Astros released Max Sapp:
"It became apparent that he would physically be unable to perform."
Since 1994, here are your Astros' 1st round draft picks:
1995: RHP Tony McKnight. 21G, 7-7 record, 4.63 ERA/1.45 WHIP.
1996: RHP Mark Johnson. Appeared in nine games for the Tigers, after being the PTBNL to the Marlins for Moises Alou
1997: Lance Berkman. Enough said.
1998: RHP Brad Lidge. 519 games, 195 saves for the Astros and Phillies
1999: OF Mike Rosamond. Never appeared in the Majors.
2000: RHP Robert Stiehl. N/A.
2001: 2B Chris Burke. 477 games for the Astros, Diamondbacks, and Reds. .674 career OPS.
2002: RHP Derick Grigsby. N/A.
2005: OF Eli Iorg. Released, 2009.
2006: C Max Sapp. Released, today.
2008: C Jason Castro.
2009: SS Jiovanni Mier.
How's that make you feel?