Monday, June 7, 2010

And with their 3rd pick (1st Compensation Round - #33 overall)

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.

Baseball America:
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.

1 comment:

Rob S said...

Though I am not against the pick, I would have preferred Brentz or Ranaudo. Not because I am an expert, but I just liked their projections and what was written about them on different sites. 3 years from now if at worst, 2 out of 3 suck, the Astros have no one to blame but themselves for getting the guys "they wanted" and bucking what everyone else was saying. I doubt any of these guys will be future all stars, but if they are productive big leaguers, Im all for it.