Colorado Rockies

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 11 Tyler Matzek LHP Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif. Calif. $3,900,000
Matzek was virtually unknown until a preseason scrimmage last year, when he squared off against righthander Gerritt Cole, who became a 2008 first-rounder and is now at UCLA. Matzek was fantastic, striking out five of six hitters in two innings as 40 scouts were crammed into the bleachers, whispering, "Who is this guy?" He's anonymous no more. He starred in the 2008 Aflac game and at showcases both nationally and in Southern California, and while he's committed to Oregon he could be the first high school player drafted. With a rare blend of quality stuff, pitching smarts and ease of delivery, he may be the best prep lefty from Southern California since Cole Hamels in 2002. Similar in build and style to Angels southpaw Joe Saunders, Matzek features a 90-93 mph fastball, which peaks at 94, as well as a sharp-breaking curveball. He has flashed a changeup and slider in the past, but had not used them much this spring. Several crosscheckers hoped to see a more advanced feel for pitching and sharper secondary stuff, and Matzek had a few indifferent outings this year, struggling with his command and experiencing a dip in velocity, perhaps due to a blister on his pitching hand, which has since healed. Matzek's arm action is wonderfully smooth, and the ball leaves with his hand with ease, though he has a tendency to open up too soon. With a nearly stiff front leg landing, his fastball will often sail up and out of the strike zone, but any flaws are considered correctable.
1 32 Tim Wheeler OF Sacramento State Calif. $900,000
Among California scouts, a "Sac State guy" is typically an undersized, modestly talented but scrappy and energetic player, short on tools but long on hustle. At showcase events, it's common to hear scouts use the term as a shorthand way of identifying such players. No Sac State player has ever been drafted above the fourth round, but Wheeler will smash all of those precedents and cliches. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds with a strong and athletic frame and lefthanded bat, he's a prototypical corner outfield prospect. His wiry build has room for further projection. Scouts suspected Wheeler was poised for a breakout after a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, but he has exceeded even those expectations, batting .396/.500/.786 with 18 homers and 69 RBIs. Wheeler's bat is by far his primary tool. He projects to be a plus big league hitter, with power that is a shade above-average. An average arm and speed that's just a tick above-average probably mean he's best suited for left field in pro ball. Scouts laud his baserunning instincts. Scouts who saw Wheeler last year, or even earlier this year, would not have pegged him as a first-round candidate, but as the season has progressed his bat has made the prospect more and more likely.
1s 34 Rex Brothers LHP Lipscomb Tenn. $969,000
As a prep player in Tennessee, Brothers made the rounds of baseball camps in the state, attending Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State, among others. Still, his best offer came from Lipscomb, which became a full NCAA school in 2004. He was the Atlantic Sun Conference's top freshman in 2007, going 7-4, 3.51, then led the Bisons to a regional bid last season, striking out 96 in 97 innings. He pitched in the Cape Cod League last summer, showing a power arm, and has improved significantly this spring, coming out of the gate throwing 92-94 mph with low-80s sliders against Georgia Tech. His stuff got better as he showed a smoother delivery, eliminating a head whack that hampered his command. At his best, Brothers showed two plus pitches: a fastball in the 94-96 mph range that touched 97, and a filthy slider in the 85-87 mph range. Some scouts see Brothers' delivery, which is still not smooth or easy, and want to put him in the bullpen. Several compare him to Randy Myers, who had similar size and stuff and fashioned a 14-year major league career. Others note that Brothers holds his velocity deep into games and should get a chance to start. His matchup with Kyle Heckathorn and Kennesaw State--a huge weekend in the Peach State, when North Carolina visited Georgia Tech and Louisiana State was at Georgia--was perhaps the heaviest-scouted game of the spring, and he delivered with his best stuff, making himself a surefire first-round pick.
2 59 Nolan Arenado 3B El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif. Calif. $625,000
Arenado was far from impressive during the summer Area Code Games or the fall scout ball season last year. Flashes of power from his bat were negated by his soft frame, lack of speed and absence of athletic ability. But he has since transformed himself. Now strong and fit at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Arenado's speed is still below-average, but he now exhibits a powerful throwing arm and greatly improved fielding actions. A high school shortstop, Arenado has no chance of staying there after graduation. His improved hands make third base a possibility, but catching is his most likely destination. His muscular build and howitzer arm appear to fit best behind the dish. Scouts are mixed on Arenado's hitting. He has powerful hands that enable him to drive the ball long distances, particularly to the opposite field. But there's some stiffness in his swing, and some scouts worry about his habit of getting too far out front with his front shoulder and arms. Arenado's draft stock jumped during this year's National Classic, when he was named the tournament's most outstanding hitter and was by far the most dominant player. Arenado's power potential alone will get him into the early rounds, in spite of his defensive questions.
3 90 Ben Paulsen 1B Clemson S.C. $391,000
Paulsen's father Tom Riginos is Clemson's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and Paulsen has made him proud by being the Tigers' best hitter this season. He's more of a hitter in the Mark Grace mold, with a smooth lefthanded swing. He uses the whole field and ranked second in the ACC (behind only Dustin Ackley) in hits. Paulsen's ultimate value is tied to his power; he's just an average defender and is limited to first base. His lack of patience at the plate works against him in terms of getting to his power, as at times he doesn't work himself into power hitter's counts. Teams that focus on his strong Cape Cod League performance (.290/.335/.497, eight home runs) could pop Paulsen as high as the third round. Skeptics will recall Michael Johnson, a Clemson first baseman drafted 54th overall in 2002 whose slider bat speed made him a 4-A player.
4 121 Kent Matthes OF Alabama Ala. $200,000
Matthes has never been drafted, even though he was an Aflac All-American in 2004 in high school and was a solid college player as a sophomore and junior, hitting 19 home runs over two seasons though his poor plate discipline (26 walks, 92 strikeouts) held him back. He has put it all together this season, however, prompting one area scout to call the fact that Matthes hasn't been drafted "an indictment of our industry." He has pro tools, and has since high school. He's athletic and a solid-average runner, as well as a good baserunner (27 for 30 on stolen bases the last three seasons), with an average to plus arm that most consider suitable for right field. He'd be an above-average defender in left field if he moves there, and he might because his arm doesn't play plus at times due to a long transfer. He has plenty of raw power, though some wonder if he'll produce enough game power for a corner outfield spot. Alabama coaches believe he started to pick up on breaking balls better during the team's fall tour of Cuba, and Matthes carried that confidence into the spring. As he improved his approach, he turned his power into production, leading Division I with 28 home runs. He made more consistent contact and drove the ball to all fields, helping him hit .365 after entering the season with a .293 career average. Matthes doesn't have major mechanical issues with his swing, so continued improvement with his patience and pitch recognition will determine how his power carries over.
5 151 Joe Sanders 3B Auburn Ala. $168,300
First-year Auburn coach John Pawlowski was a big league pitcher, but his teams at College of Charleston and now Auburn are known for high-octane offenses with all-or-nothing approaches at the plate. Several highly-regarded sophomores at Auburn struggled this spring with lots of strikeouts, but Sanders, a junior, responded to the approach and was having a tremendous season, ranking second in the Southeastern Conference in home runs in April. But on April 21, he was struck in the jaw with a pitch, and while his jaw didn't need to be wired shut, it was broken. Sanders, whose mother Barbara spent 25 years in the Air Force and went through cancer treatments in 2008, showed his toughness by returning less than a month later for the final series of the season against Alabama. He went 2-for-11 in the set, mashing his 19th homer in the final regular-season game. Sanders' bat is his best tool, as he has hand strength and solid plate coverage. He's played third base and second in college, and he's just an adequate infielder, with erratic footwork. His arm plays at either position, but he may not have the hands to stay in the infield, making him more of a utility player in the Ty Wigginton mold. He has enough speed to make a shift to the outfield possible, but he'll have to be more patient for his power to play in pro ball; he walked just 33 times in 128 college starts. The lack of college hitters may push him into the first six rounds anyway, if he's signable.
6 181 Chris Balcom-Miller RHP West Valley (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Drafted by the Royals in the 35th round in 2008, Balcom-Miller has an impressive frame and excellent stuff. His low-90s fastball and plus changeup enabled him to strike out 106 batters in 83 innings in 2009. His slider regressed as his changeup took charge, but he has shown the ability to spin one in the past. A Lewis-Clark State signee, his fine season may entice a ballclub to draw him away from his college commitment.
7 211 Erik Stavert RHP Oregon Ore. $120,000
While teammate Drew Gagnier may be a sexier pick from a physical standpoint, Oregon's first player off the board is likely to be Stavert. Stavert gets heavy sink on a 89-92 mph two-seam fastball that's been up to 94. He commands the pitch well and also has a plus changeup that he'll throw to righthanded or lefthanded hitters. Like his fastball, the changeup also gets good downward action, giving him two pitches hitters pound into the ground. Stavert's breaking ball is a work in progress. Right now it's a slurvy pitch in the 77 mph range and pitching coach Andrew Checketts has been working with him to refine it as either a true curveball or a true slider.
8 241 Rob Scahill RHP Bradley Ill. $110,000
Drafted in the 48th round by the Yankees as a redshirt sophomore a year ago, righthander Rob Scahill should go about 40 rounds higher this time around. He shook off an early-season oblique injury to pitch in the low 90s and touch 95 mph down the stretch. Scahill's fastball has good life and he has shown the ability to maintain its velocity. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder shows a slightly above-average slider at times, though his stuff plays down when his command wavers. He has bounced back nicely after missing the entire 2007 season following labrum surgery.
9 271 Wes Musick LHP Houston Texas $80,000
Baseball America rated Musick the state's top college starting pitching prospect a year ago, but he declined to sign as a draft-eligible sophomore after the Giants selected him in the 24th round. He has shown the same fastball velocity (86-91 mph) he had in 2008 but otherwise has regressed. He hasn't commanded his fastball as well, his changeup and curveball have been less effective, and his delivery hasn't looked as smooth. The 6-foot, 190-pound Musick went just 5-7, 5.97 as a 22-year-old junior, and his medical history may work against him as well. He developed a tender elbow shortly after arriving at Houston in the fall of 1995, then tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing touch football in the outfield. A subsequent exam revealed a torn ligament in his elbow as well, and he had a knee operation and Tommy John surgery.
10 301 Charlie Ruiz RHP Long Beach State Calif. $75,000
Lightly recruited out of high school and junior college, Ruiz assumed the closer's role for a Long Beach State staff decimated by the 2008 draft. He faded slightly after a sensational start, but still posted a 2-2 record with 11 saves and 42 strikeouts in 25 innings. Ruiz features a fastball that sits at 88-91 mph and peaks at 92-93. His out pitch is a terrific 79-81 splitter, which he consistently buries in the strike zone.
11 331 Avery Barnes OF Florida Fla.
12 361 Jared Clark 1B Cal State Fullerton Calif.
A 23-year-old fifth-year senior, Clark dabbled as a pitcher in his first two seasons, 2005 and 2006. A knee injury forced him to redshirt in 2007, but he was nonetheless drafted that year by the Indians (21st round). The 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander hitter found his stride in 2008, leading the Titans in home runs and finding a spot as a replacement on USA Baseball's college national team, where he replaced an injured Kentrail Davis. Despite his short stay with Team USA, Clark still led the squad with four homers. Clark has made a habit of driving in all the rabbits Fullerton places at the top of their batting order, leading the team with 74 RBIs and ranking second with 11 home runs. As a pro prospect, Clark is a kind of right handed Lucas Duda, who played at USC and was drafted by the Mets in 2007. Clark is acceptable as a defensive first baseman, and he has obvious power potential. His sweeping uppercut swing can get a shade long and pull-happy. Clark's relatively advanced age, injury history and lack of projection may work against him in the draft. Most importantly, Clark will need to convince scouts that his power translates to wood, and that he can consistently--not just occasionally--catch up to quality pitching.
13 391 Paul Bargas LHP UC Riverside Calif.
14 421 Jeff Squier SS Mississippi Valley State Miss.
15 451 Tyler Gagnon RHP Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
16 481 Dom Altobelli 3B Illinois Ill.
17 511 Josh Hungerman LHP Cleveland State Ohio
18 541 Ricky Testa RHP Lamar Texas
19 571 Dustin Garneau C Cal State Fullerton Calif.
Appearing to be built out of concrete, Dustin Garneau is a workmanlike catcher who functions as an on-field manager. Never a big hitter, he still hit .296/.416/.444 this season with four homers. Defense is his forte, as he handles pitchers well. Garneau will drift into stretches where his release becomes too sidearm, but he still tossed out 59 percent of opposing basestealers, shutting down opposing running games.
20 601 Dallas Tarleton C Elon N.C.
21 631 Chandler Laurent OF Delgado (La.) JC La.
22 661 David Born LHP Long Beach State Calif.
23 691 Jose Rivera 2B Universidad Interamericana (P.R.) P.R.
24 721 Joey Wong SS Oregon State Ore.
Teams are split on Oregon State shortstop Joey Wong, a three-year starter and son of a former Beavers assistant coach. Those who like him call him "a ballplayer" and admit he's an acquired taste. "You can't appreciate Joey Wong from just one game," an American League scout said. "You have to see him for several games to fully appreciate what kind of player he is." Wong's detractors see him as a small singles hitter with no plus tools and no projection who will have to move to second base. He'd be a better prospect if he had more speed. His results also aren't overwhelming: Wong hit just .262/.366/.342 over 202 at-bats this season, and .342 is also his career slugging percentage.
25 751 Trevor Gibson RHP San Jose State Calif.
26 781 Rhett Ballard RHP Virginia Tech Va.
27 811 Dan Perkins RHP Delaware State Del.
28 841 David DiNatale OF Miami Fla.
29 871 Corey Dickerson OF Meridian (Miss.) CC Miss.
Mississippi's juco ranks have their usual array of intriguing if raw players. Meridian CC outfielder Corey Dickerson has pro size at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, but scouts still haven't seen him against quality competition. He played at a small private school in high school, hitting 45 homers to set a career mark for the state's private-school association. He played center field in junior college but profiles as a corner bat. He has shown average speed, improved defensive abilities and some hitting aptitude to go with raw power. He hit .381 with 15 homers and 21 doubles this spring, though scouts still aren't sure what to make of him.
30 901 Bryce Massanari C Georgia Ga.
Georgia and Georgia Tech have more solid college players who aren't selling jeans--such as Bulldogs catcher Bryce Massanari--than players who get scouts excited. Massanari has tremendous hands that work for him as a catcher and at the plate, and he ranked second in the Southeastern Conference with 13 homers in league play. However, he's got a thick lower half, little mobility and plays with low energy.
31 931 Clint Tilford RHP Kentucky Ky.
32 961 Steve Junker LHP Bellevue (Neb.) Neb.
33 991 Coty Woods RHP Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
Middle Tennessee won the Sun Belt Conference behind Brentz, the team's No. 2 starter who also was tied for the national home run lead with 28 as regionals began. While he was playing his way into first-round consideration for 2010, he helped attract attention to other Blue Raiders, led by junior reliever Coty Woods, the team's closer who doesn't have a plus pitch but keeps the ball down and spots his slider. He could go in the 15th-18th round.
34 1021 Brandon Whitby C Prairie View A&M Texas
35 1051 Tym Pearson OF Thurston HS, Springfield, Ore. Ore.
Thurston High outfielder Tym Pearson is a little thicker than Hudson or Poyer at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He too was a quarterback and led his team to an undefeated record in the regular season, losing in the 5-A state championship game. He threw for 3,760 yards and 44 touchdowns and ran for another 877 with 19 touchdowns. He could step right in as the quarterback at Portland State, which uses a run-and-shoot offense just like his high school. Pearson is behind the curve on the diamond because he hadn't played baseball in four years until picking it back up as a junior. He has some stiffness and a football approach to the game. He also has the tools and is willing to give up his football scholarship for a chance to play baseball if the price is right. He's strong, is an average runner and has a strong arm--reaching up to 90 mph off the mound.
36 1081 Jarrett Higgins OF Bellaire (Texas) HS Texas
37 1111 Brandon Thomas OF Pace Academy, Atlanta Ga.
38 1141 Brett Hambright C Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
39 1171 Eric Federico RHP Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
40 1201 Jason Bagoly C Fitch HS, Austintown, Ohio Ohio
Catcher Jason Bagoly is a physical 6-foot-4, 220-pounder with an intriguing righthanded bat. He has power and arm strength, though he struggles receiving and isn't a lock to remain behind the plate. A Kent State recruit, he's the nephew of Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer.
41 1231 Matt Sanders 3B Clemson S.C.
42 1261 Joe Scott 2B Cal State Fullerton Calif.
43 1291 Franco Broyles OF Fayetteville (Ark.) HS Ark.
Another Arkansas recruit, outfielder Franco Broyles, is the grandson of former Razorbacks football coach and athletic director Frank Broyles. Franco led Fayetteville High to state 7-A championships in each of the last three seasons, hitting the championship-winning homer in 2007 and driving in both runs in the 2-0 finale this spring. He's a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete with good speed and a promising bat. He also starred as a wide receiver and defensive back in football.
44 1321 Micah Green OF Cherokee Trail HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
Outfielder Micah Green is a good athlete and a plus runner with a strong arm and above-average raw power, but like everyone else in Colorado, he hasn't faced consistently strong competition. He has the raws tools to be picked in the top 15 rounds, but will probably try to prove himself at Wichita State.
45 1351 Heath Holliday C Bixby (Okla.) HS Okla.
46 1381 Tyler Wallace 3B Eaton (Calif.) HS Calif.
47 1411 Sterling Monfort 1B Eaton (Colo.) HS Colo.
48 1441 Clint McKinney RHP Clemson S.C.
49 1471 Mark Tracy C Duquesne Pa.
50 1501 Nathan Hines OF Middle Tennessee State Tenn.