With their fifth pick the Astros once again went with a righty pitcher, this time from the Junior College Ranks. With the 91st overall pick, the Astros used their third round selection on Grayson Community College product Tyler Ivey.
After transferring from Texas A&M, Ivey had a terrific season for the Ju-Co Vikings, as he went 9-0 with a 2.08 ERA, punching out 122 batters and walking 28 in 78 innings.
Ivey may prove to be a cheaper signing for the Astros, as he was ranked just the 302nd best prospect in the draft by Baseball America.
Despite not having elite physical tools, Ivey has been very productive at the college level, and could potentially be a classic Luhnow under-the-radar, analytics-inspired signing.
He has a low-90’s fastball along with a slider, curveball, and changeup, all of which could use some work. He’ll need to improve his array of weapons to make an impact for the Astros, but he already has polished mechanics and a smooth delivery, especially for someone his age.
Its not the most sexy pick, but Ivey has great stats, good control, and great mechanics. If he can develop multiple secondary pitches to a respectable level, he could be a solid finesse pitcher for the Astros.
Here is some footage of him during his Aggie days: