Over the next six weeks, MLB-DI will take a look at each teams draft class, breaking down the best — and most questionable — over the past week.
Next up is the Rockies, who had eight picks in the top 200, including three in the top seventy-five.
Have at it!
The Decision Makers
General Manager: Dan O’Dowd
Director, Scouting: Mark Gustafson
Position Players: 22
Corner infielders: 04
Middle infielders: 08
Fun fact: The Rockies didn’t select a left-handed pitcher until round twenty, pick number 618 overall (Anthony Seise).
The First Ten
Steal: Player was selected several rounds — or in the case of the first-round, several picks — earlier than his value indicated.
Solid: Player was taken later than his value indicated.
Average: Player was selected where his value indicated.
Slight-reach: Player was taken slightly earlier than his value indicated.
Reach: Player was drafted several rounds or picks earlier than his value indicated.
|01.10||David Dahl||OF||Oak Mountain HS (MS)||Slight-Reach|
|02.73||Max White||OF||Williston HS (FL)||Reach|
|03.105||Tom Murphy||C||Mansfield HS (TX)||Average|
|3B.128||Ryan Warner||RHP||Pine Creek HS (CO)||Slight-Reach|
|05.168||Matt Wessinger||SS||St. John’s||Reach|
|06.198||Matt Carasiti||RHP||St. John’s||Average|
|07.228||Wilfredo Rodriguez||C||P.R. Baseball Academy||Average|
|08.258||Derek Jones||OF||Washington State||Average|
|09.288||Zach Jemiola||RHP||Great Oak HS (CA)||Average|
|10.318||Ben Waldrip||1B||Jacksonville State||Average|
If I believed that Dahl was a center-fielder, this wouldn’t have been a reach. Unfortunately, I think he’s going to end up in left-field, and as a corner outfielder, he just doesn’t provide the offensive production that I would need to justify him being a top ten pick. He’s got plenty of talent — and he’s one of the smartest baseball players in this class — but he was more of a late first-round pick to me instead of the first third.
Butler was one of the few Atlantic-area guys that I didn’t get to see live, but his arm slot screams reliever, and the stuff ranks below several bullpen guys that went below him in the draft, like Chargois and Nolan Sanburn. He could be a fast track guy — and he’ll get plenty of ground balls with his sink (great for Coors), but he wasn’t a top fifty player on my board.
White has tons of athleticism, but is coming off a a nasty shoulder injury and is as raw as any player in the draft class. High-risk, high reward athlete that I thought would go closer to round five than round two.
I thought Murphy was going to go in the first 100 picks, and I think the Rockies did well in selecting the former Buffalo backstop. He gets comparisons to Peter O’Brien — both because they are offensive minded catchers and because they both were selected in the same area by Colorado — but I think Murphy is more likely to stay behind the plate. It wouldn’t shock me at all if he becomes an everyday backstop by 2014.
Warner has tons of projection — he’s 6-7 and is essentially skin and bones — and a low 90′s fastball that should pick up a tick or two as he gets stronger. His secondary offerings are mediocre at best, but the athleticism and projection are interesting.
As you can probably tell, I wasn’t a huge fan of this draft. if Dahl is a Dustin Ackley-type, then this pick will work out just fine, and the reports are that the outfielder’s workout Selecting him over Addison Russell and Courtney Hawkins was a mistake in my opinion, however. I didn’t hate this class by any means, I just think that Colorado could have done better with so many early selections. It certainly could all work out, but in terms of process, this was one of my least favorite drafts.