Astros Sign Second-Round Pick Andrew Thurman

MONDAY: Thurman signed for his exact recommend slot value, Jim Callis of Baseball America reports (via Twitter).

FRIDAY: Astros second round pick Andrew Thurman has agreed to sign, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.  Terms of the deal aren't known yet, but recommended slot bonus for the No. 40 pick is just under $1.4MM.

The right-handed pitcher out of UC-Irvine says he is set to sign early next week after taking a physical.  He'll be the highest Houston pick to sign to date as No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel has yet to ink a deal.

Thurman, who is represented by The Legacy Agency, was ranked as the No. 27 pick in the draft by ESPN's Keith Law.  MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo and Baseball America have him pegged at No. 42 and No. 44, respectively.  BA writes that Thurman pounds the strike zone but needs to work on his command because he has a tendency to pitch up in the zone.  The primary knock against Thurman is his lack of a power breaking ball though his below-average 73-77 curveball is serviceable.


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