Colorado Rockies

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 26 Kyle Parker OF Clemson S.C. $1,400,000
Parker has unique leverage, as he's a junior in baseball but finished his redshirt freshman football season in January as Clemson's starting quarterback. He threw for 2,526 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Tigers, and he's the first player in Division I history to throw for 20 touchdowns and hit 15 homers in the same season. Parker graduated high school a semester early to join the baseball team and was a Freshman All-American in 2008, clubbing 14 homers. His plate discipline slipped last year, but he has bounced back with a splendid junior season, hitting .391 with 17 home runs, making more consistent contact and being much more selective at the plate. Parker's a good athlete but not an elite, fast-twitch one, and his arm strength, like many quarterbacks, is just average in baseball. He may have enough arm for right field but would be a solid-average left fielder with polish. He has tremendous bat speed at the plate as well as good strength. He's a grinder on the ballfield, and scouts like his aptitude.
1s 47 Peter Tago RHP Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, Calif. Calif. $982,500
Tago epitomizes Southern California cool. Oblivious to outside distractions, he calmly ambles off the team bus decked out in a hooded sweatshirt and wraparound shades with his iPod earphones firmly in place. He also worries little about high school hitters, whom he routinely dominates. His lanky 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame is ideally projectable, and Tago delivers the ball with an easy, relaxed throwing motion that is almost poetic. Tago, who switched his college commitment from UCLA to Cal State Fullerton in May, fires a 91-93 mph fastball, and his arm action and build indicate more velocity in the future. His curve exhibits nice shape and two-plane movement, but Tago will need to tighten the spin on that pitch. He can better incorporate his lower half into his delivery and clean up his arm stroke as well. He'll also need to develop a third pitch, such as a changeup. An Aflac and Area Codes alumnus, Tago provides a near perfect model of a prep righthander with a huge upside: projectable frame, easy arm action, calm demeanor and electric stuff.
2 76 Chad Bettis RHP Texas Tech Texas $477,000
Bettis could join Brett Eibner as an unsigned Astros 2007 draft pick (eighth round) who blossoms into a first-rounder three years later. As with Eibner, there's debate about Bettis' future role. He's definitely a pitcher, and while many scouts see him as a rubber-armed reliever, others say he has enough stuff to start. Texas Tech has used him in both roles, deploying him as a starter as a freshman, a reliever a year ago and both ways this spring. A 6-foot-1, 211-pounder, Bettis has a quick arm, fluid delivery and quality fastball. He pitches in the low 90s as a starter and touched 98 mph coming out of the bullpen last summer with Team USA. He generates velocity with his fluid delivery and arm speed rather than effort. He still needs to do a better job of locating his fastball down in the strike zone, but he has thrown more strikes and shown more sink this year. Bettis' mid-80s slider can be a plus, but he also overthrows it at times. His changeup gives him an effective pitch against lefthanders. He sometimes relies on his secondary pitches too much, to the detriment of his fastball command.
3 107 Josh Rutledge SS Alabama Ala. $295,000
Rutledge could go in the first three rounds to a team that believes in his bat. He's a smooth athlete with good infield actions, in the Adam Everett mold. Rutledge doesn't make the flashy play in the hole because he's better going to his left than to his right. He has enough arm and range for short. Offensively, he had a solid season and runs a tick above-average, with sound baserunning instincts. He lacks strength in his hands and forearms and may never drive the ball enough to be a big league regular, despite his good defense. He also lacks plate discipline and has trouble catching up to good velocity.
4 140 Russell Wilson OF North Carolina State N.C. $200,000
Wilson has been a standout quarterback for the Wolfpack for two seasons, but he's a redshirt sophomore and eligible for the baseball draft, so many observers thought he might end his football career early. He skipped spring football to focus on baseball this year but didn't do enough for teams to buy him out of his football career yet. Wilson turned down six figures coming out of high school and has some hitting ability, but he batted .306/.438/.490 in just 98 at-bats this spring and didn't show enough defensive ability at second base to wow scouts. His arm played a bit on the mound as well, as he pitched 12 innings. Scouts will be content to check in again next year after his third season on the gridiron.
5 170 Josh Slaats RHP Hawaii Hawaii $142,200
Slaats came to Hawaii via California High in San Ramon, Calif. He started for the Rainbows his freshman year, but was ineffective and moved to a relief role in 2009 after coming out of the bullpen for Wareham in the Cape Cod League the previous summer. Slaats returned to the Cape last summer and dominated (2-0, 0.95) and reclaimed a spot in Hawaii's weekend rotation, although he didn't become their Friday night guy until midway through this year and missed a start in March with some elbow tenderness. Slaats sits 90-93 mph with his fastball, holding it deep into games, and has even touched 95. Slaats throws a disappearing slider with sharp, two-plane break. His changeup is still coming along but has shown flashes of being a good pitch. Slaats has a physical presence on the mound at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He repeats his delivery well, but has a tendency to open his hips a little early and fall off to the first-base side. As a pitcher from Hawaii, Slaats final start of the regular season at San Jose State and in the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Mesa, Ariz. will be important, as it will give more scouts a chance to see him.
6 200 Jared Simon OF Tampa Fla. $125,000
Tampa's top power threat was Jared Simon, who had a big 2009 in the wood-bat Valley League, belting 11 home runs. He has shown patience at that plate that allows him to tap into his average-to-plus power. He's moved to the outfield after earlier attempts at third base.
7 230 Kraig Sitton LHP Oregon State Ore. $125,000
Some scouts still see projection and starter potential in lefthander Kraig Sitton, a 17th-round pick of the Red Sox last year. He has an ideal frame at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds and could be the first Oregon State pitcher off the board, though there's no real consensus in that regard. Sitton has shown the same stuff he had last year: an 88-91 mph fastball and an average slider. Even if a team believes he'll ultimately be a lefthander out of the bullpen, he'll likely begin his professional career as a starter. He has a fresh arm and has thrown just 77 innings in his college career.
8 260 Corey Dickerson OF Meridian (Miss.) CC Miss. $125,000
He's the best juco prospect from the state since Desmond Jennings, a 10th-round pick of the Rays in 2006. Dickerson has the hitting ability to step right into the Bulldogs' lineup, having hit .474 with 19 home runs in 137 at-bats at Meridian. He has a pro body and present strength, he plays hard and his best tool is his bat, an attractive profile. He's a fringe-average runner and profiles as a left fielder. He had right labrum surgery in 2007, and his arm has never bounced back, with one evaluator giving him a well-below-average grade.
9 290 Geoff Parker RHP Florida State Fla. $25,000
Parker raised expectations with a solid stint in the Cape Cod League in 2009, when he struck out 17 in 17 innings. He started and relieved over parts of three seasons at Florida State, never dominating but consistently logging innings with his durable 6-foot-3, 250-pound body. Parker lacks command and will miss up in the strike zone with his average fastball, which touches 93 mph, leaving him prone to hard contact. His curveball can get slurvy at times but can be his best pitch with good depth when he's on.
10 320 Brett Tanos 2B Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif. $75,000
Tanos was a high school teammate of Josh Vitters, now a top prospect in the Cub organization and the 3rd overall pick in the 2007 draft. Tanos is a hyper, high energy player with a strong, mature frame. An infielder, he profiles best at 2B or 3B but defense is not his best attribute. Tanos has a quick bat which generates excellent bat speed. He takes a big cut and will fail to square up many pitches, but his 10 home runs, .638 slugging pct. and .427 obp in JC ball this year give a hint of his offensive potential.
11 350 Hommy Rosado 1B Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. La.
Hommy Rosado's lightning bat speed gives him tremendous raw power, and he set a state record with 26 homers. He does have holes in his swing and is a one-tool player, but his righthanded pop is hard to ignore. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has done some catching, but he's not agile enough to stay there in pro ball and will have to move to first base, where his size is less than ideal. Committed to Louisiana State-Eunice JC, he's considered signable.
12 380 Matt Crocker LHP Texas-San Antonio Texas
13 410 Josh Mueller RHP Eastern Illinois Ill.
Mueller won 14 games in his first two seasons at Eastern Illinois, then proved himself with a strong summer in the Cape Cod League. He came out throwing 90-95 mph with a good three-quarters breaking ball in his first start of the spring, but two weeks later he was down to 83-87. Shoulder weakness was the culprit, and it knocked him out for a month. Since returning, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has worked at 88-92 mph and with less downward angle and life than before. He also has struggled to hold his velocity out of the stretch. His No. 2 pitch is more of a low-80s slider now. His changeup has its moments but lacks consistency. A fully healthy Mueller might have gone in the first three rounds of the draft, but he now figures to go between the fourth and sixth.
14 440 Taylor Reid RHP St. Mary's Calif.
15 470 Will Swanner C La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif. Calif. $490,000
A promising hitter with the potential to hit for average and power, Swanner has significantly improved at the plate in the past year by working with Deron Johnson, son of the National League's 1965 RBI king. He has good bat speed and a good approach to utilizing the entire field, though he has stretches when he flips his head and front side off the ball and collapses his back side. Swanner has great makeup and is mature enough that his coach lets him call his own game behind the plate. An athletic receiver, Swanner is projectable but does not have the classic squat catcher's build at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He's relaxed and comfortable behind the plate, and his flexibility enables him to present a low target. He does an outstanding job of framing pitches. He will need to make some defensive adjustments, however, and his pop times are slowed significantly by his habit of pausing at the top of his delivery and then flipping the ball to second base. He also struggles with catching pitches to his left or right. Committed to Pepperdine along with his brother Michael, who's a righthander, Swanner is considered a tough sign. He offers enough upside behind the plate that a club may take an early gamble on him.
16 500 Jayson Langfels 3B Eastern Kentucky Ky.
17 530 Ryan Casteel C Cleveland State (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
Catcher Casteel entered the 2009 spring season as the top prep player in the state. He backed out of his Tennessee commitment and made the most of his opportunity at Cleveland State JC, improving his body and showing good athletic ability, strength and hitting ability. He's a year removed from a hamate bone injury that hampered him last spring, and he played with good energy behind the plate while hitting .353 with 14 home runs.
18 560 Juan Perez RHP Bethune-Cookman Fla.
19 590 Ryan Eades RHP Northshore HS, Slidell, La. La.
Northshore High (Slidell) righty Ryan Eades spent the spring as a DH after labrum surgery. He touched 94 mph as a 16-year-old. Gillam and Harvill are expected to attend Arkansas, while Eades should wind up at Louisiana State.
20 620 Blake McDade 1B Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
21 650 Chris Giovinazzo OF UCLA Calif.
22 680 Mark Tracy C Duquesne Pa.
The son of Rockies manager Jim Tracy, Mark spent his freshman year at Pepperdine, appearing in 20 games before opting to transfer to Duquesne. He hit just four home runs in 194 career at-bats entering this spring, but he slugged 12 in 224 at-bats as a senior. Tracy's righthanded swing generates easy raw power, and he can hit quality fastballs, but he swings and misses a lot and will never hit for average. He spent most of this season at first base, where he's a fringy defender, and is capable of filling in behind the plate.
23 710 Bruce Kern RHP St. John's N.Y.
Kern, a righthander, has decent stuff and feel for pitching but has posted ERAs above 6.00 in back-to-back years in the Johnnies' weekend rotation. His four-pitch mix includes an 88-91 mph fastball, a changeup with good depth and arm speed that he uses as an out-pitch, a slider and a 12-to-6 curveball. His curveball has good break, but he does not command it as well as the fringy slider. Because of his changeup, Kern has more success against lefthanded hitters. Kern is undersized at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds and is likely to wind up in the bullpen, where his fastball could play up. As a senior sign, he could be drafted as high as the 10th- to 15th-round range but is more likely to go around the 20th. He helped himself against Louisville in the Big East tournament, working at 89-92 with good life.
24 740 Christian Bergman RHP UC Irvine Calif.
25 770 Kenny Roberts LHP Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
26 800 Jacob Tanis 3B Mercer Ga.
27 830 Blake Keitzman LHP Western Oregon Ore.
Lefthander Keitzman was a 15th-round draft pick by the Mariners last year Keitzman after his velocity jumped from 84-85 to 87-90 mph, even though he was pitching on a sore knee. He chose to return to school and held the 87-90 mph velocity all year. He also throws a slider and a changeup, and he can command all three pitches. Keitzman can vary his delivery between three different arm slots.
28 860 Tony Rizzotti RHP Martin HS, Arlington, Texas Texas
29 890 Marco Gonzales LHP Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo. Colo.
Gonzales's father Frank was a lefthander who spent eight years in the minor leagues, mostly with the Tigers. So it's no surprise that Marco shows a lot of polish and poise on the mound. He has pitched in the team's previous three championship games and threw a three-hitter to beat Wheat Ridge High as a freshman. Gonzales throws mostly in the 85-87 mph range but touched 89 earlier in the year, and scouts believe there's more in the tank. His fastball can get too straight, but he makes up for it with great command. His best pitch is his changeup, which should be an above-average offering. He is able to throw it with the same arm speed and release point as his fastball, which means he can throw it on back-to-back pitches and generate bad swings both times. He's 6 feet and about 180 pounds with a thick lower half. He'll need to improve his breaking ball. If Gonzales doesn't sign, he'll be a two-way player at Gonzaga. He has played first base and the outfield in high school, though is pro future is clearly on the mound.
30 920 Jeff Ames RHP Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC Wash.
It was a banner year for Northwest junior colleges last year, but this year the talent is down. The best prospect is righthander Jeff Ames, who was a 46th-round pick by the Phillies last year and has improved significantly. His velocity has jumped from 86-88 mph to 89-91, and he tightened up his secondary pitches as well. He got bigger and stronger—now standing 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds—which improved his arm speed. He still needs to work on throwing more quality strikes.
31 950 Russell Brewer RHP Vanderbilt Tenn.
Brewer had a strong summer in the Cape Cod League in 2009, striking out 33 in 24 innings while getting 10 saves; it was his second straight strong Cape effort. He has already graduated and could be the easiest sign of the bunch. A 6-foot, 210-pound future set-up man, he locates his average fastball well from a low three-quarters arm slot and has a solid slider. He hadn't pitched since May 15 with arm soreness, something to watch.
32 980 Jason Monda OF Capital HS, Olympia, Wash. Wash.
Outfielder Jason Monda flew under the radar because he took last summer off, but he's a 6-foot-4 and has a nice swing from the left side of the plate. He's not very strong yet, but there's projection to his body. He's an average runner with an above-average arm. If he doesn't sign, he'll head to Washington State.
33 1010 Jordan Ballard 1B Virginia Military Institute Va.
34 1040 Steve Selsky OF Arizona Ariz.
Outfielder Selsky finished second in the Pac-10 in batting at .383/.463/.622, but scouts don't like his approach at the plate. He has average raw power or slightly above, but it shows up only in batting practice because he utilizes a more inside-out, contact-oriented approach during games. He bats and throws righthanded and will have to play a corner outfield spot, so he doesn't have a lot of projection and is a better college player than a pro prospect at this point.
35 1070 Justin Fradejas OF Auburn Ala.
36 1100 Jimmie Koch OF Sarasota (Fla.) HS Fla.
37 1130 Dan Kickham RHP Crowder (Mo.) CC Mo.
38 1160 Logan Davis SS Cactus Shadows HS, Cave Creek, Ariz. Ariz.
39 1190 Joel McKeithan SS Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C. N.C.
Joel McKeithan plays at the state's top high school program, Roberson High just outside Asheville in the western part of the state, which has produced big leaguers Cam Maybin and Chris Narveson as well as 2007 Blue Jays supplemental pick Justin Jackson just in the last 10 years. McKeithan is like Jackson in that both are shortstops and solid athletes. McKeithan's best tool is his plus arm, and he has good infield actions that should help him get on the field as a freshman if he heads to Vanderbilt. Teams that like him enough to draft him would have to buy out Vandy and buy into the bat, and McKeithan may lack the strength and fluid swing to hit with wood initially.
40 1220 Brandon Brennan RHP Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif. Calif.
41 1250 Ben Mordini RHP Cherry Creek HS, Greenwood Village, Colo. Colo.
42 1280 Thomas Pereira RHP Indian Hills (Iowa) CC Iowa
43 1310 Kaleb Barlow 3B Jackson (Miss.) Prep Miss.
44 1340 Kyle Richter LHP Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calif.
45 1370 Mike Benjamin Jr. SS Basha HS, Gilbert, Ariz. Ariz.
46 1400 Mitch Horacek LHP Thunder Ridge HS, Littleton, Colo. Colo.
47 1430 Landon Appling OF El Campo (Texas) HS Texas
48 1460 Hunter Greenwood RHP Franklin HS, Elk Grove, Calif. Calif.
Six-foot-2, 195-pound righthander Hunter Greenwood got on the map during the Northern California scout team schedule last fall. He has been up to 92 mph and has a strong, durable build. His secondary stuff is unrefined and he would be more attractive as a summer follow. He has committed to Sacramento State.
49 1490 Brett Thomas RHP Poway (Calif.) HS Calif.
50 1520 James Dykstra RHP Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Righthander Dykstra is the younger brother of Padres prospect Alan Dykstra. Dykstra is a converted outfielder with a strong arm and a projectable body. He has been clocked at 92-93 mph, but his breaking ball needs work and he'll be a tough sell to scouting directors because he threw a handful of innings this year.