NEW YORK -- Astros assistant general manager Bobby Heck has signed seven more players who were selected in this week's First-Year Player Draft, bringing the team's total to 16 out of the 52 it drafted.
The players the Astros announced they had signed on Friday are outfielder Jordan Scott (picked in the 14th round), third baseman Tyler Burnett (17th), second baseman Josh Magee (18th), outfielder Daniel Adamson (20th), left-hander Travis Blankenship (31st), right-hander Michael Ness (33rd) and right-hander Brian Streilein (37th).
The Astros also signed 22-year-old shortstop Jonathon Merritt (University of Alabama-Birmingham) as a non-drafted free agent.
"We'd love to get everybody done as quick as we possibly can and get them all playing, because it's a benefit to us and a benefit to the kids," said Astros general manager Ed Wade, who hopes to have the club's top picks signed soon. "Bobby's given me feedback that as early as the beginning of the next homestand, we could have some guys at the upper levels done."