Colorado Rockies

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 10 David Dahl OF Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham Ala. $2,600,000
In terms of tools, Dahl rivals South Florida prep Albert Almora in many ways, though Almora's intangibles give him an edge over Dahl, an Auburn signee. A lefthanded hitter, Dahl fits the center-field profile with plus speed, an athletic 6-foot-2, 185-pound body and a cannon arm that earns above-average grades. His overall package elicits comparisons to Jeremy Hermida (as an amateur) and Andy Van Slyke. Dahl shined during the East Coast Pro Showcase, where his balanced, smooth swing and above-average bat speed helped him handle quality pitching, and teamed with Mississippi prep outfielder D.J. Davis on a travel team that played fall games against junior-college competition, at times dominating older pitching. He showed opposite-field power throughout the showcase circuit, though some scouts question how much usable, game power he has and would have doubts if he moved to a corner. They also aren't all sold on his instincts to be a center fielder, though most believe he'll stick in the position. Dahl's biggest weakness is his low-energy demeanor. Some scouts consider him simply unmotivated by middling high school competition, while others see a low motor and question his desire to be great. The tools are all there for a first-round power/speed center fielder.
1s 46 Eddie Butler RHP Radford Va. $1,000,000
Radford has had just two players drafted in the first 10 rounds in its history, and Butler figures to be the third this spring even though he doesn't stand out physically and was averaging less than a strikeout per inning in the Big South Conference. Butler, 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, has a heavy fastball with boring action that ranges from 90-96 mph, and he has shown aptitude by adding and subtracting from it. He'll sit around 93 mph and amp it up to 95-96 against the middle of an order. He has touched 97 mph late in games. He throws a slider that could be a good pitch but currently lags behind, and his changeup needs work, which could explain why he's not striking more hitters out. Teams will likely give Butler a chance to stick as a starter, but he could move quickly in a bullpen role.
2 73 Max White OF Williston (Fla.) HS Fla. $1,000,000
White gets compared to fellow prep Florida outfielder Brett Phillips as both are athletic, speedy center fielders. White is more of a wiry athlete at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, and has a good profile as a lefthanded speedster with range and arm strength. He emerged as a prospect as a sophomore as both a pitcher and hitter, but left shoulder surgery limited him to just five games as a junior and limited his showcase exposure. His arm strength has started to return this spring, including some low 90s readings in short stints on the mound. Scouts like White's tools in center, as he's a consistent 6.5-second runner over 60 yards with improving instincts. He is adding strength and has batting practice power with surprising bat speed, but he has a raw approach at the plate and hasn't faced a lot of hasn't advanced pitching. Scouts have compared him to players such as former Florida outfielder Matt den Dekker (now with the Mets) all the way to Steve Finley if his power develops. He wasn't a consensus supplemental pick, but if he's considered signable away from a Florida commitment he could go that high to the right team.
3 105 Tom Murphy C Buffalo N.Y. $454,000
Murphy was playing against USA Baseball's college team for the New England Collegiate League when he caught scouts' eyes, turning on a fastball from Louisiana State righthander Kevin Gausman that went about 400 feet foul. Gausman came back with a slider that Murhpy waited on and launched over Fenway Park's Green Monster for a home run. Team USA then picked him up for five games against Japan, before he returned to Holyoke to finish with a .291/.364/.575 line. Murphy is a good athlete with a strong frame at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. He runs well for a catcher, turning in a 6.75-second 60-yard dash last summer. He got off to a good start for Buffalo, though he tailed off at the plate and hasn't put up the numbers scouts hoped for and was hitting .250 in 116 at-bats against righthanders. He has good raw power and doesn't project to hit for much average, but will be an asset thanks to his solid defense. He has a plus arm and made strides behind the plate this season.
3s 128 Ryan Warner RHP Pine Creek HS, Colorado Springs 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.
4 138 Seth Willoughby RHP Xavier Ohio $330,300
Breaking the hamate bone in his left hand may have been the best thing that ever happened to Willoughby. Xavier planned on using him as a two-way player for the second straight season, but when he hurt his hand in the third game of the season he no longer could serve as the Musketeers' cleanup hitter. Once he focused on pitching, his stuff took off. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has seen his fastball jump from 87-90 to 92-95 mph and his so-so slider turn into an 88-90 mph cutter that's a legitimate out pitch. He sometimes falls in love with the cutter, costing him fastball command. Through 24 appearances, he had a 1.12 ERA, a 40-11 K-BB ratio in 32 innings and a .170 opponent average. While Willoughby profiles strictly as a reliever, he could move quickly and earn a late-inning role in the majors. He has gone from not being on scouts' follow lists coming into the spring--they saw him more as a senior sign for 2013--to flying up draft boards, perhaps as high as the third round.
5 168 Matt Wessinger SS St. John's N.Y. $75,000
After a doubleheader in which he committed six errors at shortstop, Wessinger moved over to second base and settled in defensively. He emerged as St. John's most dynamic offensive player and was hitting .348/.442/.491 with six home runs heading into regional play. He's a scrapper with a plus arm, can steal bases and a favorite among scouts.
6 198 Matt Carasiti RHP St. John's N.Y. $185,200
While Carasiti has served as St. John's Friday starter this season, he has less of a chance to stick in a rotation than his teammate, Kyle Hansen. Carasiti fits better in a relief role, which he filled for St. John's in 2011. In 60 innings this spring, he was 4-4, 4.03 with 49 strikeouts and 25 walks in 60 innings. He has a big body at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and a quick arm that generates low-90s fastballs with downhill plane. However, he lacks command and consistent secondary stuff. His second pitch is a slider, and at times he'll snap one off that has sharp break to it, but most will come out flat. He has alternated between a changeup and splitter for a third pitch, but won't have much use for either if he moves to the bullpen. His frame and arm strength give him a good foundation, and he's a hard worker so scouts see upside if he can put it all together. He could go anywhere from the fourth to sixth round.
7 228 Wilfredo Rodriguez C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $185,000
Rodriguez has a stocky 5-foot-10, 210-pound frame. His best tool is his bat. He has a short, compact swing with a knack for centering the ball and has performed well in big tournaments. Rodriguez has a flat swing plane and is a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter. Like most catchers, he is a 20 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale. Rodriguez shows average arm strength, but is just an adequate defender and will need to work on his agility and blocking. Scouts believe he'll be able to handle the grind of catching in pro ball because he's a hard worker with good makeup. He has good baseball instincts, works well with his pitchers and is bilingual. Rodriguez is signed with Seminole State (Fla.) JC, but is expected to turn pro.
8 258 Derek Jones OF Washington State Wash. $35,000
Jones was a 13th-round choice last year by the Orioles, but returned to Wazzu for his senior year. With a stocky build at 6 feet and 225 pounds, Jones is limited to left field, as he's a below-average runner with fringy arm strength. He does have a nice swing with good bat speed. Jones looks more comfortable in the box this year than he did last year, and his numbers reflect that. Through 196 at-bats, he hit .337/.445/.577 and scouts believe he'll be a fringe-average hitter with average power. Teams looking to save money for other picks could bump Jones up their draft boards.
9 288 Zach Jemiola RHP Great Oak HS, Temecula, Calif. Calif. $128,500
Jemiola came out of the chute strong, flashing some 94-96 mph heat early in the spring, but his stock has slid precipitously since then. That's partly because he missed about three weeks after hitting hit by a pitch on his shoulder, and since he returned his stuff and command have dropped off. He still sits in the 88-90 mph range and bumps 91-92, and his slurvy slider has a chance to be average down the line. He has some feel for a changeup that he uses sparingly. Jemiola has become something of a mess mechanically--he has a short stride, an inconsistent arm slot and release point, a tendency to decelerate his arm and then recoil. Scouts seem content to let him to go to UC Riverside, where he has a chance to develop into a quality pick in three years, because his arm strength is undeniable.
10 318 Ben Waldrip 1B Jacksonville State Ala. $25,000
Waldrip hit well in the Cape Cod League last summer, batting .276 with six home runs for Orleans. The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder compares well with fellow senior college sluggers such as Ole Miss' Matt Snyder or Florida's Preston Tucker, who like Waldrip, are already 22. Some scouts believe Waldrip has better feel for hit than them and like his swing, and he hit for more power this spring with 18 homers. However, he's done it against lesser competition, and he's not particularly agile around the bag at first.
11 348 T.J. Oakes RHP Minnesota Minn. $100,000
Oakes is exactly what you'd expect from the son of a pitching coach. Todd Oakes has had 18 pitchers drafted (including big leaguers Glen Perkins and John Gaub) during his tenure at the University of Minnesota, including T.J., a 41st-round choice of the Twins a year ago as a 21-year-old sophomore. He'll go 30-35 rounds earlier in 2012, as his fastball has added 2 mph to 90-93. A strong 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, he can maintain his newfound velocity deep into games and locate his fastball where he wants while cutting, running, sinking and tailing it. His slider and changeup are fringy but he can throw them for strikes.
12 378 Correlle Prime 1B Manatee HS, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $125,000
13 408 Kyle Von Tungeln OF Texas Christian Texas
Despite being one of Texas Christian's toolsiest players since arriving on campus, Von Tungeln was only a part-time starter in his first two seasons because he was too inconsistent at the plate. The 6-foot, 175-pounder's best tool is his plus speed, but he gets caught up trying to hit for power too often, leading to strikeouts. The lefthanded hitter lacks the strength and bat speed to be a power threat and instead needs to focus on reaching base. His basestealing technique needs improvement as well. He's a quality defender in center field with enough arm strength to keep runners honest.
14 438 Shane Broyles RHP Texas Tech Texas
15 468 Scott Oberg RHP Connecticut Conn.
16 498 Jeff Popick OF Colorado Mesa Colo.
Popick first put his name on the map two years ago in the Alaska League, ranking as the league's No. 10 prospect. He went undrafted last season but continued to rake, hitting .424/.524/.663 this spring. Popick has his work cut out for him as a right-right senior left fielder, but he has an athletic, 6-foot-4, 190-pound build with speed and strength. The buzz in the state is that the Rockies are high on Popick and would love to see him on the roster of their new Rookie-level affiliate in Grand Junction.
17 528 Jason Stolz 2B Clemson S.C.
18 558 Aaron Jones C Oregon Ore.
Aaron's brother, Chris, played two years for George Horton when he was the head coach at Cal State Fullerton. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound draft-eligible sophomore, Jones is a good athlete. A 38th-round pick by the Red Sox in 2010, Jones spent his freshman season in right field for the Ducks but returned to his high school position as catcher for part of this season. He has some things to smooth out defensively, but has above-average arm strength. At the plate, Jones has a little bit of a loop to his swing but does have some strength. If a team likes what they've seen out of Jones behind the plate, he could get a chance this year. But if teams think he's going to have to stay in right field, they'll likely want to see more out of his bat. Jones was mostly the team's designated hitter late in the season, as he recovered from a high ankle sprain.
19 588 Kyle Newton 3B Florida Atlantic Fla.
20 618 Anthony Seise LHP West Orange HS, Winter Garden, Fla. Fla.
Lean and rangy, Seise is already 19 and filling out his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. Seise put himself on scouts' radar by showing three average pitches in Jupiter during the 2011 World Wood Bat showcase, including an 88-91 mph fastball, a curveball and a changeup. Seise had not consistently put all three pitches together often this spring, however. He's committed to the State JC of Florida (formerly Manatee JC) and is considered signable.
21 648 Rayan Gonzalez RHP Bethune-Cookman Fla.
22 678 Jordan Mejia RHP Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
23 708 Andrew Brown RHP Akron Ohio
24 738 Mike Mason LHP Marshall W.Va.
25 768 Alec Mehrten SS Fresno Pacific Calif.
26 798 Adam Paulencu RHP Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
27 828 Matt Flemer RHP California Calif.
28 858 Ryan Arrowood RHP Appalachian State N.C.
29 888 Pat Hutcheson 2B Fresno State Calif.
30 918 Trent Blank RHP Baylor Texas
31 948 Shawn Stuart RHP Long Beach State Calif.
32 978 A.J. Simcox SS Farragut HS, Knoxville Tenn.
Simcox's father Larry was an assistant coach for Tennessee for 17 seasons, and A.J. served as a Vols bat boy on their trips to the College World Series in 2001 and 2005. He would likely be Tennessee's starting shortstop as a freshman if he makes it to campus. Simcox has emerged as the top hitter in the Volunteer State this spring by adding strength to his wiry frame; he's listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds but is closer to 180 now. He hit the weight room, resulting in harder contact from his improving swing. His feet and hands work well, and his average speed should be sufficient at the college level. He may not have the present speed or power for teams to buy him out of Tennessee, but his defensive ability and improved bat make Simcox an intriguing fourth-round talent.
33 1008 Ryan Garvey OF Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
The son of former major league all-star Steve Garvey, Ryan was one of the biggest names in Southern California's recruiting class last fall, but he struggled in fall ball and transferred to Riverside CC at the semester break. He is much the same player he was a year ago: a physical corner outfielder with average to plus raw power, with a tendency to swing and miss, keeping him from making the best use of his pop. He'll need to improve his pitch recognition to become a serviceable hitter, but he can punish fastballs. Garvey is a below-average runner with a below-average arm, likely tying him to left field. Scouts think it's likely the Dodgers will draft the son of their franchise icon.
34 1038 Chris Cowell C Richmond Va.
35 1068 Justin Solomon 2B Piedra Vista HS, Farmington, N.M. N.M.
36 1098 Kevin Bradley SS Hopewell Valley Central HS, Pennington, N.J. N.J.
37 1128 Casey Burns 3B Grand Junction (Colo.) HS Colo.
38 1158 Dansby Swanson SS Marietta (Ga.) HS Ga.
Swanson has had a storybook career at Marietta High, serving two seasons as captain of the basketball team in addition to three seasons of varsity baseball--one as a teammate of 2010 Angels first-round pick Chevez Clarke. Swanson has shown the athletic ability and smooth infield actions that should allow him to stay at shortstop, at least in college. His arm strength may be shy for short as a pro, though other scouts think he'll be a more consistent thrower with more distance from basketball and added strength. An above-average runner, Swanson has good instincts and quick-twitch athleticism. Scouts also like his simple, fundamental swing. The downside is the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder's lack of strength and contact-focused approach. Swanson is a strong student with a GPA north of 4.0, so scouts expect him to follow through on his commitment to Vanderbilt, unlike fellow Georgia prep Matt Olson, another Vandy signee.
39 1188 Justin Dillon RHP El Dorado HS, Placentia, Calif. Calif.
40 1218 Brandon Montalvo C Langham Creek HS, Houston Texas