Tuesday, June 8, 2010

With the 22nd Round pick (663rd overall)

The Astros select 6'3" 220lb catcher Zach Dygert, out of Ball State.

Dygert hit .307/.450/.588 for Ball State in 2010, with 12HR/57RBI, 49K:8BB (and was hit 11 times. That's impressive when you get on base by beaning more than you walk.) He's the third catcher the Astros have drafted in 2010, and all three were at one time on the Johnny Bench Award watch list.

Dygert is a 2010 First Team All-MAC selection, with teammate and 1st rounder Kolbrin Vitek.

Dygert, a team captain, earns his third All-MAC honor of his career after notching Second Team All-MAC honors as a sophomore and First Team All-MAC accolades as a junior and senior. He becomes the first Cardinal since Bryan Bullington (2000-02) to be honored for three straight seasons with All-MAC honors.

Baseball America's Jim Callis:
“Guys liked Dygert more last year. They felt he went backwards as a prospect. He can still be a good organizational catcher, and there’s value in that.”

Ball State coach Greg Beals:
“I’m optimistic someone’s going to give him a chance. I just want Zach to get a chance to go out and play.”