2011 Draft Report Card: Colorado Rockies





POSITION PLAYERS

QUICK TAKE
After taking an advanced arm in Anderson, the Rockies took hitters with six of their next seven picks. It's difficult to find quality shortstops in the draft, but Colorado got one with promise in Story.
Bonus Spending: $4.0 million
BEST PURE HITTER:  SS Trevor Story (1s) has quick hands and consistently barrels balls. The Rockies don't have a complex-based team, so they had to send him to the more advanced Rookie-level Pioneer League, where he batted .268/.364/.436 against older competition. BEST POWER HITTER:  OF Carl Thomore (2) gets the nod over OF Dillon Thomas (4) and 1B Harold Riggins (7). 1B Jordan Ribera (21) led NCAA Division I with 27 homers and the Cape Cod League with seven longballs in 2010. FASTEST RUNNER:  Story isn't as quick out of the batter's box, but he's a plus runner under way. He stole 13 bases in 14 tries at Casper. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:  Once again, it's Story. He has smooth actions to go with above-average range and arm strength. Colorado was delighted to get a potential five-tool shortstop with the 45th overall pick.

PITCHERS

BEST FASTBALL:  RHP Ben Hughes (10) usually works in the low 90s and peaked at 96 mph after signing. The St. Olaf (Minn.) product was the highest-drafted NCAA Division III player in 2011. RHP Chris Jensen (6) may have more consistent velocity and tops out at 95. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:  LHP Tyler Anderson (1) keeps hitters off balance with a funky delivery and his ability to command five pitches, most notably a plus changeup. The best breaking balls in the Rockies' draft crop are the solid sliders thrown by Anderson and RHP Danny Winkler (20).

ODDS AND ENDS

BEST PRO DEBUT: Story, who ranked as the Pioneer League's No. 1 prospect. Riggins hit .278 with eight homers and a Pioneer League-leading 46 walks. BEST ATHLETE: Story, who has average power to go with the rest of his package. Thomore draws Hunter Pence comparisons because he doesn't look pretty but has average or better tools across the board. SS Taylor Featherston (5) isn't as gifted as Story, but he has good tools for a middle infielder. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: Unsigned LHP Brandon Bonilla's (37) father Bobby was a six-time all-star during a 16-year big league career. Unsigned C Tyler Servais' (36) dad Scott and unsigned 2B Drew Stankiewicz's (40) father Andy also played in the majors. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Anderson, an extremely polished college lefthander. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Winkler, who may profile best as a reliever. He showed a 91-94 mph fastball in the early innings as a starter at Casper. 2B/SS Tim Smalling (15), a college senior signed for $2,500, has what it takes to make it to the big leagues as a utilityman. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: Power-hitting C Peter O'Brien (3) was the highest unsigned college player in the 2011 draft who didn't fail his physical. He never got close to signing with Colorado and has transferred from Bethune-Cookman to Miami for his senior season. The best long-term prospect not to sign was RHP John Curtiss (30), who has the stuff to become a first-round pick after three years at Texas.