Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3s 128 Colorado Rockies Ryan Warner RHP Colo. $363,700
There must be something in the water . . . of the 48 players drafted out of Colorado to make the big leagues, 35 have been pitchers. That's a group that includes Goose Gossage, Roy Halladay, Jay Howell, Brad Lidge, Brandon McCarthy and Sergio Romo. Warner has a body scouts can dream on at 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds. He has room to fill out, which scouts love because Warner already has present stuff. His fastball sits in the 87-89 mph range and tops out at 91. He also throws a spike curveball with good downward bite, a pitch that has tightened up a lot since the summer showcase circuit. Warner is a great athlete, too, especially for his size. He was a standout wide receiver and quarterback on Pine Creek's football team that lost in the state championship and he patrols center field when he's not pitching. The athleticism shows on the mound, as Warner repeats his delivery well, shows good body control and gets sharp downward plane on his pitches from a three-quarter arm slot. He is still a project, however, as he needs to learn a changeup and prove himself against better competition, but a team that believes in him may push him up their board and keep him away from his commitment to North Carolina State.