Rockies Draft Report Card
BEST PURE HITTER:
|The Rockies got tremendous talent values by taking Matzek at No. 11, Wheeler at No. 32 and Brothers at No. 34. Some clubs rated Matzek the second-best player in the draft and several considered him unsignable, but Colorado landed him for a club-record $3.9 million.
: 3B Nolan Arenado (2), the most outstanding hitter at the National Classic high school tournament in April, batted .300 at Rookie-level Casper. The Rockies added four college position players in the first five rounds, and 1B Ben Paulsen (3) has the best bat among them. >> BEST POWER HITTER:
: OF Kent Matthes (4) led NCAA Division I with 28 homers during the spring and topped the short-season Northwest League with 23 doubles during the summer. >> FASTEST RUNNER:
: OF Avery Barnes (11), who hit .335 with 23 steals at Casper, has plus speed. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Joey Wong (24) has no true plus tool but makes all the plays and led NWL shortstops with a .985 fielding percentage. C Dustin Garneau (19) threw out 16 of the 24 basestealers who tested him.
Colorado grabbed two lefthanders who can touch 98 mph in Tyler Matzek (1) and Rex Brothers (1s). Brothers will throw harder more often because the Rockies will use him as a reliever. RHP Rob Scahill (8) has recovered from labrum surgery in 2007 to top out at 95. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Brothers throws his slider in the mid-80s. Matzek's curveball and slider both have the potential to become plus pitches. RHP Charlie Ruiz (10) racks up outs with his splitter.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT:
RHP Chris Balcom-Miller (6), who relies on his sinker and changeup, was the Rookie-level Pioneer League pitcher of the year after going 4-0, 1.58 with 60 strikeouts in 57 innings. Ruiz led the NWL with 17 saves and had a 1.14 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 32 innings. >> BEST ATHLETE:
OF Tim Wheeler (1) stands out the most for his hitting ability and has at least average tools across the board. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
: 1B Sterling Monfort's (47) father Dick and uncle Charles are the vice chairmen of the franchise. C Mark Tracy's (49) dad Jim is Colorado's big league manager, and his brother Chad plays in the Rangers system. C Jason Bagoly (40) is the nephew of Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer. OF Franco Broyles (43) is the grandson of former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles. None of the four players signed. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
As a lefthanded reliever with power stuff, Brothers could rocket through the minors. Matzek will move quickly for a high schooler. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
1B Jared Clark (12) reminds the Rockies of Ryan Shealy, who rode his raw power from the 11th round to the big leagues. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
The Rockies signed all 30 of their picks in the first 28 rounds but couldn't corral OF Tym Pearson (35), the best athlete they drafted. He turned down a scholarship to play quarterback at Portland State to focus on baseball at Western Nevada CC.