Luhnow gets first-hand look at Draft prospects

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow spent a couple of days on the road earlier this week wearing his scouting hat. Luhnow, like he did last year, is trying to get a first-hand look at some of the players the club is considering taking with the No. 1 overall pick in the June First-Year Player Draft.

"I'm going to wait until the season starts to go back out, but it's always fun to get back on the scouting trail," said Luhnow, who oversaw the Cardinals' scouting department during much of his tenure in St. Louis.

Luhnow, who likes to keep his scouting trips hush-hush so he doesn't reveal some of the players the Astros are considering, might only get a chance to see a player once or maybe twice, so his trips are about much more than watching games.

"I try and take advantage and meet the parents or players or whoever I can and form a more complete picture," he said. "I focus on players that are likely to be our top Draft picks, whether it's 1-1 or 41 [overall]. I don't have the luxury of going too deep down the list, so days off are usually good days to do that."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.