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Astros sign No. 41 pick Lance McCullers for double slot value at $2.5 million

Jun 18, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Part of the Astros’ strategy in drafting Carlos Correa with the No. 1 overall pick was their ability to sign him to a below-slot bonus and use the savings to snag a tough-to-sign player later.

That player turned out to be high school right-hander Lance McCullers, who was considered a top-20 prospect based on talent alone but fell to the No. 41 pick due to signability issues.

Houston’s strategy worked, as they inked Correa for $4.8 million compared to the $7.2 million slot for the top pick and have now used the savings to sign McCullers for twice the slot amount for the No. 41 pick.

Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that McCullers agreed to a $2.5 million deal, compared to the slot amount of $1.25 million. Obviously the debate over whether the Astros made the right call with Correa will rage on for years to come, but in passing on Byron Buxton and Mark Appel they were able to add McCullers as a second high-upside pick.

  1. stex52 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    As was observed when the Astros first signed Correa,

    Correa+McCullers> Appel+some scrub

    I think Paperlions said it first. Now the Astros just need to make the grand strategy work with both kids. The advantages are that they have so many holes any good prospect can probably find a place, and a #1 pitcher (if Appel turns out to be one) will not help them much for the next two to three years.

    But I doubt the debate will rage for particularly long. It was generally concede that none of the top draft choices was notably better than the others. The Astros just sacrificed short term help. It will play outself out in real time.

  2. stex52 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    “conceded” Dont’t type so fast!

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      “outself” dont’t kerrect sew phast :-)

      • stex52 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Okay, so I can’t think or type. Sue me. :-)

  3. jwbiii - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    In other Astros draft pick news, #1 pick Carlos Correa went 1 for 5 with a walk as the GCL Astros crushed the GCL Cardinals 1-0.

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