Astros have top draft pick for 3rd year in a row

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- The Houston Astros have the top overall pick for the third straight season in Thursday's major league draft.

They're excited about the talent they've acquired with their past two No. 1 picks. But they're hoping that this is the last time they'll get their pick of the draft.

General manager Jeff Luhnow says: "That is our aspiration."

The Astros have finished with 100-plus losses in each of the past three seasons to get the No. 1 pick. They used the first one on high school shortstop Carlos Correa and picked Stanford pitcher Mark Appel first last season.

Houston amateur scouting director Mike Elias says they don't know who they'll take with the selection, but that they had narrowed it down to six or seven players early in the week.

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