Tuesday, June 8, 2010

With the 5th Round pick (153rd overall)

The Astros select Ben Heath, a 6'2" 220lb catcher out of Penn State.

Penn Live:
Now regarded as one of the top catchers in the nation — one American League scout said Heath could be drafted as high as the second round Tuesday — landing an All Big-Ten spot hasn’t been easy...

...the 21-year-old is being mentioned among the top college baseball players in the country, remnants of Penn State (22-30) season that saw the North Mecklenburg HS alum hit .369 with 57 RBIs and a Nittany Lions-record 19 home runs. That total shattered a 32-year record set by Dave Simononis...

...Recently, Heath was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American Second team, the first Penn State all-american since Wes Roehr in 2002.

In addition, only two NCAA players — Heath and University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal — have been named an All-American, Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist and Johnny Bench Award semifinalist.

Rivals.com listed Heath #3 on the 2010 Catcher Power Rankings.

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