With the Astros picking No. 1 overall for the first time since 1992, more than 200 season ticket holders attended a Draft day party Monday at Minute Maid Park.
Attendees received a special shirt commemorating the event and were treated to a selection of Astros Authentic Apparel. MLB Network's Draft coverage was broadcast live on the El Grande video board in center field, including a special view inside the Astros' war room. Manager Brad Mills and team president and CEO George Postolos mingled with the crowd.
Milo Hamilton hosted a question-and-answer session with former first-round picks Brian Bogusevic (2005) and Jason Castro ('08), who reflected on their own Draft experiences.
"All of the sudden, I heard my name called," said Bogusevic." I hadn't been paying attention, so I didn't know what team it was."
Following the Q&A, fans filed out to the club level seats to watch Houston make its selection on the video board. A murmur went through the crowd when Commissioner Bud Selig announced Carlos Correa, a 17-year-old shortstop out of Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.
Attendees soon learned more about Correa when a press conference with general manager Jeff Luhnow, assistant general manager of scouting Bobby Heck and scout Larry Pardo aired at the party. Following the press conference, Luhnow and Pardo addressed the Draft party and were greeted with a round of applause.
"It was one of those things that the more we talked about it, the more we felt like it was the right pick for us," Luhnow said. "That's good, there's no buyer's remorse on this kid at all."
-- Rachel Frey