With the 1st pick in the 8th Round (249th overall), the Astros select 5'11" 205lb switch-hitting catcher Tyler Heineman, a Junior out of UCLA, with a hometown of Pacific Palisades, California.
*Heineman turned down a partial scholarship from Harvard to walk-on at nearby UCLA.
*Heineman started all 54 games he appeared in during the 2012 season (so far), hitting .351/.451/.412, with nine extra-base hits, 14K:20BB, with 17 HBPs, and 16 sacrifice hits.
“I know my game isn’t flashy. As much as I want to be that superstar power hitter, I know that’s not who I am. I understand who I am as a player.”
*His uncle played at Arizona State (of course), and he admires gritty infielder David Eckstein - which we'll try not to hold against him. Heineman threw out 41% of baserunners while making just two errors behind the plate.
*MLBDraftCountdown called him "one of the most underappreciated catchers in college baseball." And he's one of the 12 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award (best collegiate catcher).