Astros pick Sapp in First Round

All the draft coverage you can handle is at mlb.com; in the meantime, here’s the press release from the Astros:

ASTROS SELECT SAPP WITH FIRST PICK

Catcher selected 23rd overall in First-Year Player Draft

HOUSTON, TX ? The Houston Astros selected catcher Max Sapp out of Bishop Moore High School in Florida with their first pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft today. Sapp was selected in the first round as the 23rd overall pick.

A 6-2, 220-pound high school senior from Windermere, Fla., Sapp batted .591 with nine home runs and 48 RBI to help Bishop Moore to a 29-2 record this past season and a third consecutive trip to the Florida state championships. He was recently named the Orlando Sentinel?s Central Florida Baseball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, and he was chosen as the 4A District Player of the Year in Florida. Sapp was also recently tabbed the 2006 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Baseball.

Sapp was named to both Baseball America?s and Louisville Slugger?s pre-season high school All-American teams heading into the 2006 season. In 2005, he was named an AFLAC All-American, the Orange County (FL) Player of the Year, the Central Florida Player of the Year and the 3A District Player of the Year. He was a catcher on the USA Baseball Junior National Team in 2005 and on the US Youth National squad in 2004, which claimed the silver medal at the COPABE Pan An Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Houston had not selected a catcher with their first pick since Ramon Castro in 1994. Last year, the Astros took catcher Ralph Henriquez (Key West HS) in the second round.

The 50-round, two-day draft began at noon and will conclude tomorrow afternoon.

MAX SAPP

Primary Position: Catcher

Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Height/Weight: 6-2/220

Birthdate: 2/21/88 (age 18)

Hometown: Windermere, FL

High School: Bishop Moore High School in Windermere, FL

High School Coach: Dave Wheeler

Astros Area Scout: Jon Bunnell

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