MLB Draft Right Around The Corner, Another First Overall Pick To Tri-City?

The Major League Baseball First Year Draft is right around the corner and many of the low level minor league affiliates will be filling out the remaining spots on their roster.

Last season, fans of the Tri-City ValleyCats got a chance to see first overall pick Mark Appel pitch a few starts before he was eventually promoted.

2013 1st Overall Pick, Mark Appel brought excitement to "The Joe" last season (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)
The Houston Astros again hold the first overall pick in this years draft and their is a slight possibility that the top pick could be calling "The Joe" home...for at least a little while.

While I was researching this blog post I came across an extremely cool site that lists the top five picks in mock drafts for most of the mock drafts listed on the internet.

Many of the experts predict that this years top pick will either be left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken from Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego, CA) or left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon from North Carolina State University.

This makes sense for the Astros to add a lefty to their farm system to compliment Appel down the road. It will be surprising if the Astros don't take either one of these pitchers.

So what are the chances the top pick ends up in Troy?

In most cases players out of high school traditionally end up in the rookie leagues like the Gulf Coast League or Appalachian League. Where players who come out of college are more refined and can make the jump to the New York-Penn League. In 2012, the Astros selected Carlos Correa who was out of high school and sent him to the Gulf Coast League. Where last year Mark Appel from Stanford University was sent to the ValleyCats.

If the pick is Aiken he'll probably end up in Greenville. Where if it's Rodon he may end up with the ValleyCats.

Tune into the MLB Network on Thursday at 7:00pm to see who it will be.

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