The Astros are on the clock again.
In the first two rounds on Thursday, 74 players were drafted starting with Houston's selection of California prep lefty Brady Aiken and ending with the Mariners netting Canadian high school outfielder Gareth Morgan.
On Friday, the draft will lurch into motion again at 12:30 pm EST. Houston will start things off agin with the 75th pick and will continue through the end of the tenth round. On Saturday, rounds 11-40 will be drafted beginning at 1 pm EST.
There are still several big names left on the board after the first 74 picks. The pre-draft rankings by both MLB.com and Baseball America have 34 players remaining from their respective top 100 lists.
Hundreds of players will be drafted today, but here are a few notable names to watch that appear on both lists.
J. B. (Jacob) Bukauskas, RHP, Virginia HS
Bukauskas might have been a first rounder if not for his strong commitment to the University of North Carolina. He could still be lured away in favor of a significant signing bonus and the chance to enter professional baseball, but drafting him comes with considerable risk. He's not a huge guy -- 5'11" 200 pounds -- but he can touch 98 mph with his fastball, scouts say his slider "flashes plus," and throws a changeup with average potential.
Michael Cederoth, RHP, San Diego State
Velocity alone will get Cederoth into pro ball. He has touched triple digits, and although his delivery is less than ideal and he walks a few too many hitters, the 6'6" 220 pound righty should be able to find success in the bullpen. BA evaluated him as having "big league closer upside."
Milton Ramos, SS, Florida HS
At 5'11" and just 155 pounds, Ramos could stand to put on some muscle, but his arm and glove have garnered Alcides Escobar comparisons. Some evaluators see Ramos as the best defender in the draft class, and both sites throw around the word "slick" often. MLB.com tabbed Ramos for a 60 grade run tool on the 20-80 scouting scale, but his overall impact will likely be limited by a 40-grade hit tool.
Bryce Montes de Oca, RHP, Kansas HS
Montes de Oca, from Lawrence, Kansas, has already undergone Tommy John surgery and he might have issues with control, but he can touch 98 mph with his fastball. A giant person at 6'8" 265 pounds, he checks in at No. 72 overall on Baseball America's list and No. 73 via MLB.com. ESPN's Keith Law lists Montes de Oca among the players that are "unsignable/massive over-slot" signing risks along Bukauskas and Wisconsin high school outfielder Jeren Kendall.
Jakson Reetz, C, Nebraska HS
Reetz isn't a plus runner, but his athleticism behind the plate has earned him praise from the scouting community. He has a strong arm and should stick behind the plate. MLB.com has him rated as the 40th best player in the class, noting that if he goes in the first five rounds -- which he should -- he'd be the high school player from Nebraska to do so since 1996.
Chris Oliver, RHP, Arkansas
Oliver is arguably the top player coming out of the state of Arkansas. Where he goes in the draft will likely hinge on whether or not a team chooses to take a chance on him as a starter. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and breaks with some run and sink. He also throws a slurvish breaking ball that shows some promise and a passable change.
Carson Sands, LHP, Florida HS
Sands is committed to Florida State, and at 19, he's a little older than most in the class. However, he pushes his fastball into the mid-90s from the left side and has a 12-6 curve that could end up as a plus offering. With a three-pitch mix that he can throw for strikes regularly and prototypical size, Sands could be one of the first players off the board on Friday.
Grayson Greiner, C, South Carolina
Greiner profiles as a defense-first catcher. He's 6'5" 210, so there is some concern that he's too big to remain a catcher, but he has shown plus athleticism as a receiver. MLB.com notes his strong, accurate arm, despite the fact that he threw out just six of 32 base stealers this spring. He has significant raw power due to his size, but there is some concern that his bat will relegate him to backup catching at the major league level.