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Astros Clinch No. 1 Pick In 2012 Draft

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Earlier today, the Twins pushed their loss total to 102 for the season. Given that the Houston Astros are already assured of losing at least 102 games this year, they've effectively clinched the first pick in next year's draft. Even if Houston wins all of its remaining games, they'll still pick first next season given that their 2010 record was worse than Minnesota's.

Houston hasn't had the No. 1 pick in the draft since 1992, when they selected Phil Nevin with the first selection. According to MLB Bonus Baby, SB Nation's blog dedicated solely to baseball's draft, the top three prospects going into next year's draft are currently LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman, California prep pitcher Lucas Giolito and Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero. Other top draft prospects include Stanford pitcher Mark Appel and Florida prep pitcher Lance McCullers.