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The Astros' rebuild begins slowly

Houston is a long way away but drafted well in Rounds 2-30

Originally Published: June 9, 2010
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesHouston Astros GM Ed Wade presides over a team that finished near the bottom of Keith Law's organizational rankings this past winter but had a solid draft.

The second day of the 2010 MLB draft went down on Tuesday, and as is typical, most teams' selections were a mix of quality, steals and completely unsignable players. What follows is a look at the NL squads on the second day. For a look back at the first day, go here.

Arizona Diamondbacks:
The Diamondbacks took mostly slot (or below-slot, I suppose) guys, including their Day 1 selection of Barrett Loux. Second-rounder J.R. Bradley is a prep righty with a solid to average fastball and perhaps the best control of any high school pitcher in the draft. Kevin Munson has a chance to be a good late-game reliever -- maybe more setup man than closer -- and isn't too far from the big leagues. The Diamondbacks rolled the dice on three tough signs, Vandy commit Kevin Ziomek, TCU commit Tyler Green (93 to 96 mph and a good athlete), and UNC commit Ty Linton.

Atlanta Braves:
The Braves started the day by drafting Todd Cunningham and announced that they'll move him to third base, which is good because I had projected him as a fourth outfielder. They also tabbed the intriguing Andrelton Simmons, a Curacao-born pitcher/shortstop who's been at 95-98 in several outings this year pitching for Western Oklahoma. I'm not sure why Dave Filak fell to No. 134 -- it's possible there was lingering concern over some minor arm woes he had earlier this spring -- but if healthy, he's an excellent value. Toledo's Matt Suschak should move quickly if Atlanta returns him to the bullpen, by far his best chance for major league impact. Tough signs include Oregon commit Stefan Sabol, who had a very disappointing spring at the plate, and local product Zach Alvord.