The Astros select Mike Kvasnicka, listed by Baseball America as a catcher, as a switch-hitting third baseman out of Minnesota. He's the first college player selected by the Astros in 2010.
The Sporting News:
The switch-hitting Kvasnicka is an excellent athlete with an above-average (60) arm. He runs well and there's still some projectability on his 6-3 frame.
Again, the Astros are not taking consensus guys. The Astros take Minnesota athlete Mike Kvasnicka, who was rumored to be in the Mets' mix at No. 7 overall. Kvasnicka helped lead Minnesota to the regional final at Cal State Fullerton and is playing tonight. He's a switch-hitter with power who could play catcher or right field, but he was listed as a third baseman.
Baseball America (via Twitter, Feb 21, 2010):
If you don't know that name, you will soon. He can really play - and has power.
Kvasnicka was once a vaguely interesting college outfielder. A move behind the plate, however, has made him much more intriguing. His defensive ability is still quite raw, but his athleticism and above-average arm strength give him a chance. He hasn't hit with much power this year but has shown a good approach at the plate. A switch-hitting catcher who can hit and catch is a hot commodity, and that's why Kvasnicka's stock was rising as the Draft approached.