15. Houston Astros: Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
While multiple mocks have linked the Astros to Oregon lefty David Peterson (see below), they’ve had a slew of bats, both high school and college, in play as well. In earlier mock, BA’s John Manuel wrote that “Houston will pounce” if UC-Irvine’s Keston Hiura is still on the board, but given that he may need Tommy John surgery, and that the Astros scuttled a deal with 2014's 1/1 pick, Brady Aiken, over his torn UCL, it makes sense to assume Houston will go in a different direction.
Burger rates among the top college hitters. With 20 or more homers in each of the past two seasons, the bad-bodied righty-swinger (listed at 6’2”, 220 lbs) has above-average power and bat speed, as well as good control of the strike zone, though the arm bar in his swing does generate some concerns among talent evaluators. He's not the most athletic looking player but has average speed, and his above-average arm and good footwork give him a chance to stick at third base.