Here's a quick look at the Houston Astros top 3 draft picks

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The MLB Draft started on Sunday and the Houston Astros made three selections, adding some much-needed depth to their farm system. Keep in mind, the Astros haven't had a first or second round pick for the last two years because of the punishment handed down by MLB for the sign-stealing scandal.

The Astros used their first pick (No. 28 overall) to select Tennessee outfielder Drew Gilbert.

Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 185 lbs Bats: L Throws: L

Gilbert hit .362 last season for the Volunteers with 11 home runs, 70 RBI, while slugging .673 with an OPS of 1.128.

Be sure to check out the video above as Gilbert's manager from Tennessee shares some interesting insight, as he was in person giving analysis at the draft.


With the Astros next pick, they selected left-handed Oregon State outfielder/infielder Jacob Melton at No. 64 overall. Melton hit .360 last season for the Beavers with 17 home runs, 83 RBI, while slugging .670 with an OPS of 1.094.


With the Astros 3rd pick in the draft (No. 80 overall), Houston selected right-handed pitcher Andrew Taylor from Central Michigan.


In Taylor's career at Central Michigan, the 6-foot-5, 190-pounder went 20-8 with a 2.45 ERA in three seasons. He recorded 261 strikeouts and walked 55 in 195 career innings.

All three of the Astros top picks are college players, meaning they might make an impact in the big leagues sooner rather than later.

The MLB Draft will continue over the next two days, with it coming to an end on Tuesday after 20 rounds.

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Jose Abreu is no longer an Astro. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros released José Abreu on Friday, cutting ties with the former AL MVP less than halfway through a three-year, $58.5 million contract.

The 37-year-old Abreu was batting .124 (14 for 113) with two homers and seven RBIs this season, during which he spent time in the minors trying to fix his swing. The Astros still owe him $30.8 million from the deal he signed before last season.

A three-time All-Star during his nine years with the Chicago White Sox, Abreu was named MVP during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2014 after defecting from his native Cuba the previous year.

His production dropped off significantly with the Astros. He batted .237 last year, the lowest average of his career, with 18 homers and 90 RBIs.

Abreu is a career .283 hitter with 263 homers and 960 RBIs in 11 seasons.

Houston owes him $30,822,504, including $11,322,504 remaining from this year’s salary and $19.5 million for 2025. Any team can sign him for a prorated share of the $740,000 major league minimum, with the Astros responsible for the rest.

Be sure to watch the video above as Charlie Pallilo, Brandon Strange, and Josh Jordan of Stone Cold 'Stros react to the news.

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