With their 5th Round pick (151st overall) the Astros selected 6'3" 215lbs lefty-hitting/righty-throwing catcher Nate Perry out of Bassett High School in Virginia.
Baseball America ranked him #9 in the state of Virginia, #314th in their Top 500, and the 28th-best catching prospect.
Back in April his head coach thought he'd go in the 10th-15th Round. Head Coach Grant Wickline:
He's one of the best catchers I've seen. We're averaging five or six (scouts) a night coming to see him.
Perry said opposing pitchers simply stopped pitching to him:
I'll probably see six or seven pitches. One or two might be fastballs, but they're nowhere near the zone.
This year, he hit .462 with a .606 OBP, with 2K:17BB. In his entire high school career, he struck out 12 times. TWELVE.
Perry is a University of Virginia commit, but the slot for the 151st overall pick is $326,600, so we'll see. Nope, wait, he's already said he'll sign.
The Astros are going to notice that there's no one that's going to outwork him. His work ethic is outstanding. It's something that you can't teach.