Tuesday, June 8, 2010

With the 10th Round pick (303rd overall)

...The Astros select Evan Grills, 6'4" 185lb LHP out of Sinclair Secondary School in Canada.

According to MLB.com, Grills was a member of the 2008 Junior National Team in Edmonton.

Under Armour:
Grills, a tall, thin LHP with great upside, is the top Canadian prospect in the 2010 class. His delivery is low effort and his arm action is clean resulting in a high 80s fastball, plus curveball and deceptive change. He is a poised and mature young pitcher who has future front of the rotation ability.

"I'm not the rah-rah leader, but I just try to lead by example. When I go out there I just work hard every day and show how intense it is and how much I care about winning and things like that. I can tell them that they don't have to be really nervous. I remember my first time when I pitched against Cuba, I thought they were just the greatest hitters I ever faced in my life. But in reality, if you just get ahead in the count and stay ahead, you're usually going to do pretty well."

MLB Bonus Baby's Andy Seiler had Grills in the 4th-7th round range.

Grills did encounter some biceps tendinitis in 2009, but is apparently back at 100%.