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

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

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Jun 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first overall draft pick Mark Appel shakes hands with president Reid Ryan during the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

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by KRISTIE RIEKEN / The Associated Press

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Posted on June 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM

HOUSTON (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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