Astros meet with Oklahoma pitcher Gray
Houston has No. 1 pick in First-Year Player Draft for second straight year
DENVER -- Senior scouting officials from the Astros met recently with University of Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray, a source told MLB.com on Thursday. The right-hander is a potential target for the Astros with the No. 1 overall pick in next week's First-Year Player Draft.
The Astros have the No. 1 pick for the second year in a row.
The meeting took place at the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City, where the Sooners won the conference title. Gray, who pitched a shutout in OU's opening game of the tournament against Baylor, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
Gray is 9-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 110 innings heading into the NCAA regionals. It's not uncommon for clubs to meet with potential Draft picks, and the Astros did that on occasion last year before taking 17-year-old Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa with the top pick. Gray is among a handful of players the Astros are considering with the first pick, including Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, and college hitters Kris Bryant (San Diego) and Colin Moran (North Carolina). High schoolers Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows have also been on their radar.
The 2013 First-Year Player Draft will take place on June 6-8, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 73 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 7, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 8, starting at 1 p.m.