The Astros who didn’t have a draft pick until the 3rd round chose lefty SS/3B Derek Dietrich from St. Ignatius High School out of the Cleveland area. Dietrich was named Rise Magazine’s Ohio Player of the Year for 2006-2007 and was named to the AFLAC All American Team last year. Dietrich’s grandfather Steve Dementer is a former major leaguer who got his start in the Detroit Tigers organization and a retired major league scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dietrich was slated to attend Georgia Tech this fall on a baseball scholarship but may opt to play professional ball instead.
In the 4th round they chose a local kid, right handed pitcher Brett Eibner of The Woodlands High School. Eibner was a right fielder/pitcher in high school and was drafted as a right handed pitcher at #141. Eibner is listed by SEC Baseball as one of the early signees to University of Arkansas, but depending on whether the Astros can sign him, he may be reporting to Greenville for Rookie Ball.
In the 5th and last round for Day 1 of the draft, the Astros chose a Willy Taveras/Josh Anderson clone, speedy centerfielder Collin DeLome from Lamar University. DeLome is a lefty without much pop in his bat. He projects to have below average power, average defense, but good speed and base-running abilities.