Opening Day 3 of the 2012 draft, with the 1st pick of the 16th Round (489th overall), the Astros select 5'11" 200lb lefty LF Dan Gulbransen, a 21 year old Junior out of Jacksonville University.
Perhaps you remember Gulbransen from ESPN's Top Plays on March 13, 2012:
Gulbransen hit .324/.414/.478 for Jacksonville this season, with 21K:29BB in 207 ABs (may not be complete).
In 2011, he was 37x122 in 41 games for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He was profiled by Baseball America to start the 2012 season.
Jacksonville.com's Gene Grenette called Gulbransen:
"a contact hitter with an off-the-charts work ethic, has the makeup to possibly get to the big leagues faster.
Head Coach Terry Alexander:
“We are very happy for Dan. Dan is the perfect example of what a student-athlete should be because he excels on and off the field. We are proud of what he has accomplished in his time at JU and know he will be very successful in the future.”