I've been taking a look at the Astros draft classes by year from 2008 to 2012 this week to see how they stand. We've already looked at 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Our final stop is 2012. This draft class included 14 pitchers and 17 position players.
As one would hope with a shiny new draft class, all the original parts are still intact and no one has been released at this point. However, going forward, you can expect for most of this class to either move quickly through the system or get cut since 27 of the 31 signed picks were drafted out of either college or community college. Only four players, Carlos Correa (1st round), Lance McCuller (1st round supplemental), Rio Ruiz (4th round) and Brett Phillips (6th round) were drafted out of high school.
Helping to prove my point about moving quickly, three players have already progressed beyond rookie league or short season A. Kenny Long (22nd round) and Andrew Aplin (5th round) were both recipients of mid-August promotions from Tri-City to Lancaster (Advanced A level), bypassing Lexington completely. In addition, Nolan Fontana (2nd round) started the season with the full season A level Lexington team rather than the short season A Tri-City team.
The following are the player stats for 2012 as sorted by draft round. "Club" indicates the club where the player finished the season. "Age" is the player's age as of today. And "Pos." is the position (or positions) most played in the 2012 season.
After Thanksgiving, I'll continue with this series and look at how players acquired via trade, waiver claims, NDFA's, etc. are faring.