Wednesday, June 9, 2010

With the 35th Round pick (1053rd overall)

The Astros select 6'1" 210lb lefty 1B Esteban Gomez, out of Bishop Ford Central Catholic HS (NY).

Gomez was on the All-Brooklyn team as a Junior:
Simply put, the junior first baseman was one of the most feared power hitters in the CHSAA this season. He batted .276, but led the Falcons in triples (five), RBIs (18), walks (20), runs (25) and each of his team-leading three home runs were bombs, including a two-run walk-off against McClancy. He also hit a solo blast to center at McClancy and put a ball into the parking lot at Archbishop Molloy. So what’s Gomez’s secret? Does he just extend his big arms? “I actually swing hard, that’s the thing,” he said.

And the New York Post had a nice profile on Gomez back in March. Coach Mike Hanrahan:
“I haven’t seen anyone with that kind of power, especially with a wood bat. What he could do with an aluminum bat is just scary. He has natural power, he’s a strong kid. He knows what he’s doing at the plate, he knows how to go with the pitch, he’s not just pure power. He’s a pure hitter with power."

Gomez is headed to San Jacinto if he doesn't sign.