A Look at the Rockies 41 Draft Choices
After selecting high school first baseman Grant Lavigne with the 42nd overall pick, the Rockies did not select a high school player until the 33rd round of the draft. Colorado selected two players originally from Colorado, sixth round pick Nico Decolati, who was born in Boulder but raised in Las Vegas, Nev., and shortstop Cayden Zimmerman from Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch. They also selected two players from colleges in Colorado: Zach Hall, an outfielder from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and left-handed pitcher Reagan Todd from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction., Colo.
Overall, across the three days of the draft, the Rockies selected 33 players from the college ranks and eight high school players.
Colorado selected 22 pitchers (13 right-handers, nine left-handers), six outfielders, four shortstops, three catchers, two second basemen, two third basemen, one first baseman and one infielder.
The First 11 Selections
(ABREVIATED Scouting Reports from Baseball America)
|1||22||Rolison, Ryan||Ole Miss (MS)||LHP||R/L||4YR SO||6' 2 195lbs DOB: 07/11/97|
Rolison ranked in the top half of the BA 500 in 2016, but was drafted in the 37th round by the Padres and chose to attend Mississippi. Rolison impressed during his draft-eligible sophomore season, increasing his strikeout rate and using a three-pitch mix, headlined by a fastball with plus life in the low 90s. While his stuff isn’t as loud as some of the other pitchers in the class, Rolison still has the talent to become a No. 3 starter down the road.
|CBA||42||Lavigne, Grant||Bedford HS (NH)||1B||L/R||HS SR||6' 4 220lbs DOB: 08/27/99|
A 6-foot-4, 230-pound lefthanded hitter, Lavigne has some of the best power among prep bats in the draft class with 70-grade raw power. Had committed to Wake Forest.
|2C||76||Kilkenny, Mitchell||Texas A&M (TX)||RHP||R/R||4YR JR||6' 4 206lbs DOB: 03/24/97|
Kilkenny keeps SEC hitters off balance by mixing a 91-93 mph fastball that can bump 95 mph when he reaches back, an improved, average slider that he can work to both righthanded and lefthanded hitters and an average changeup that he can locate with precision.
|3||96||Vavra, Terrin||Minnesota (MN)||SS||L/R||4YR JR||6' 1 185lbs DOB: 05/12/97|
Vavra is the son of Detroit Tigers quality control coach Joe Vavra. Terrin is a selective hitter and he has some gap power. Arm could wind up having him move to second base.
|4||126||Feltner, Ryan||Ohio State (OH)||RHP||R/R||4YR JR||6' 4 190lbs DOB: 09/02/96|
Feltner generates easy velocity and throws his fastball 93-97 mph. He mixes in a split-changeup, which he throws to both righties and lefties, and a fringy slider. May fit best at back end of bullpen.
|5||156||Bird, Jacob||UCLA (CA)||RHP||R/R||4YR SR||6' 3 200lbs DOB: 12/04/95|
A shoulder injury last year led Bird to return to UCLA for a senior season so he could re-establish his value. Has good size. Has sinking fastball and pitches to contract.
|6||186||Decolati, Niko||Loyola Marymount University (CA)||3B||R/R||4YR JR||6' 1 215lbs DOB: 08/12/97|
Decolati is a physical athlete as a 6-foot-1, 215 pounder who played shortstop in college. He shows plus raw power, projects as an above-average third baseman with an above-average arm and is an above-average runner capable of double-digit steals.
|7||216||Quezada, Andrew||Cal State Fullerton (CA)||RHP||L/R||4YR JR||6' 1 182lbs DOB: 06/28/97|
Quezada pitches at 92-93 mph, but can reach back for 95-96 and holds his velocity deep into outings. His slider and changeup flash average but aren't consistent.
|8||246||Bush, Nick||LSU (LA)||LHP||L/L||4YR JR||5' 11 173lbs DOB: 08/23/96|
Bush missed the 2016 season with Tommy John surgery. Upon his return he’s mainly been used as a reliever, but he has some starter traits with an 89-93 mph fastball and a solid-average curveball.
|9||276||MacIver, Willie||Washington (WA)||C||R/R||4YR JR||6' 2 205lbs DOB: 10/28/96|
MacIver missed the first month and a half of the season with a broken hamate bone. He is a strong, physical catcher behind the plate with with plus arm strength, but Washington has played him primarily at third base and first base.
|10||306||Harris, Cade||Oklahoma (OK)||3B||L/R||4YR JR||6' 2 195lbs DOB: 05/27/97|
Harris can play all three outfield spots. He aso had gap power and the above-average speed to swipe a bag.
With the 336th overall pick in the 11th round, the Rockies selected left-handed pitcher PJ Poulin, a junior at the University of Connecticut … the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder went 6-2 with a 3.26 ERA (49.2 IP, 18 ER), 20 walks and 60 strikeouts in 31 games, including one start, for the Huskies in 2018 … the Marion, Mass., native went 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 28.1 innings across 17 appearances in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2017.
Infielder Kyle Datres, a junior from the University of North Carolina, was selected in the 12th round with the 366th overall pick … a three-year starter at third base for the Tar Heels, Datres has batted .343 (83-for-242) with 15 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 34 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 2018, guiding his club to a Super Regional vs. Stetson University beginning on Friday … the 6-foot, 180- pound native of Williamsport, Pa., was the runner-up for Mr. Pennsylvania football as a quarterback for Loyalsock Township High School.
Right-handed pitcher Rayne Supple, a junior from Wake Forest University, was selected in the 13th round with the 396th overall pick
… the 6-foot-3, 185-pound closer made 27 relief appearances for the Demon Deacons in 2018 and went 5-2 with eight saves, a 2.11 ERA (47.0 IP, 11 ER), 32 walks and 55 strikeouts … the Shelburne, Vt. Native was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 38th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, becoming the first Vermont high school player to be drafted since 2002.
The Rockies selected left-handed pitcher Will Tribucher, a junior at the University of Michigan, with the 426th overall pick in the 14th round … the 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of San Clemente, Calif., went 4-4 with a 3.44 ERA (36.2 IP, 14 ER), 21 walks and 43 strikeouts in 22 appearances, one start, for the Wolverines in 2018.
Coco Montes, a shortstop from the University of South Florida, was selected in the 15th round, 456th overall … the 6-foot-1, 175- pound batted .331 (78-for-236) with 23 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 40 RBI and seven stolen bases in 57 games for the Bulls this season … the Miami, Fla., native was originally selected by the Washington Nationals in the 35th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.
Right-handed pitcher Boby Johnson, a junior from Bradley University, was selected in the 16th round with the 486th overall pick … the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder made 24 appearances, one start, for Bradley in 2018 and went 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA (50.1 IP, 22 ER), 18 walks and 47 strikeouts … the Miller, Mo., native previously attended Fort Scott (Ks.) Community College.
Third baseman Reese Berberet from Long Beach Community College in the 17th round with the 516th overall pick … the 6-foot-3, 215-pound sophomore batted .340 (55-for-162) with 10 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs and 43 RBI in 40 games played this season
… the Fallbrook, Calif., native was named All-South Coast Conference for the second consecutive season after leading the state in home runs.
Right-handed pitcher Shelby Lackey, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound redshirt sophomore from Pacific University, was selected in the 18th round with the 546th overall pick … the Linden, Calif., native went 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA (88.0 IP, 34 ER), 23 walks and 87 strikeouts in 18 appearances, 13 starts for the Tigers … he earned All-West Coast Conference honors after finishing in the top 10 in the conference in innings pitched, strikeouts and wins.
Outfielder Zach Hall, a senior from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, was selected in the 19th round with the 576th overall pick … the 6-foot, 195-pound left-handed hitter batted .317 (57-for-180) with 11 doubles, 20 home runs and 60 RBI for the Tigers in 2018 … a native of Granite Bay, Calif., Hall was named First-Team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and was awarded an RMAC Gold Glove.
Luke Morgan, a center fielder from the College of Charleston, was selected in the 20th round, 606th overall … the right-handed hitting senior batted .326 (73-for-224) with 11 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 28 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 55 games for Charleston this season, earning All-Colonial Athletic Conference First-Team honors … the New Lenox, Ill., native previously spent time at Iowa Western Community College, where he hit .399 and was named to the All-State and All-District Teams in 2016.
Infielder Hunter Stovall, a junior from Mississippi State University, was selected in the 21st round, 636th overall … the 5-foot-8, 170- pound junior batted .315 (79-for-251) with 15 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 27 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 61 games … the Diamond Dawgs will travel to Vanderbilt on Friday for their third consecutive Super Regional.
Catcher Jacob Barnwell, a junior from Ohio State University, was selected in the 22nd round, 666th overall … the Catlettsburg, Ky., native batted .261 (49-for-188) with eight doubles, one triple, two home runs, 27 RBI and five stolen bases … the 5-foot-10, 170- pound right-hander was on the Watch List for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top catcher in the collegiate ranks … is the second Ohio State player to be drafted by the Rockies after right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner was selected in the fourth round.
Left-handed pitcher Colten Schmidt, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, was selected in the 23rd round, 696th overall … the 6-foot, 175-pound senior went 7-0 with a 2.45 ERA (106.1 IP, 29 ER), nine walks and 90 strikeouts in 16 appearances, 15 starts, for the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2018 … the LaPorte, Texas native was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year as well as a Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-American.
Right-handed pitcher Trent Fennell from Barton College was selected in the 24th round, 726th overall … the 6-foot-5, 205-pound senior went 6-5 with two complete games, a 5.24 ERA (68.2 IP, 40 ER), 30 walks and 99 strikeouts in 13 appearances, 12 starts …. The Dunn, N.C., native was selected as a member of the Conference Carolinas All-Conference First-Team in 2017 after setting the Barton single-season record with 98 strikeouts in 85.1 innings pitched.
The Rockies selected Robert Metz, a second baseman from George Washington University, with the 756th pick in the 25th round … the 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior batted .309 (75-for-243) with 18 doubles, four home runs, 42 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 58 games in 2018 … the Poolesville, Md., native was named to the All-Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second-Team, his second consecutive year garnering Second-Team honors.
Outfielder William Golsan from the University of Mississippi was selected in the 26th round, the 786th overall pick … the senior from Columbus, Miss., batted .304 (75-for-247) with 13 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 48 RBI and five stolen bases in 65 games with Ole Miss this season … the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder joins first-round selection Ryan Rolison as Rockies selections from Ole Miss.
Eric Hepple, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Central Florida, was selected in the 27th round with the 816th overall pick
… the 6-foot, 218-pound Coral Springs, Fla., native made 28 relief appearances for the Golden Knights in 2018 and went 1-2 with a
4.41 ERA (34.2 IP, 17 ER), 14 walks and 42 strikeouts.
With the 846th pick in the 28th round the Rockies selected third baseman John Cresto, a junior out of Santa Clara University … the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-handed hitter, batted .222 (39-for-176) with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in 44 games in 2018 … in 2017, the Encinitas, Calif., native was an All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention after batting .307 with 12 home runs.
Left-handed pitcher Miguel Ausua, a senior at Oral Roberts University, was selected in the 29th round with the 876th overall pick … the Penuelas, P.R., native was selected as the Summit League Pitcher of the Year after going 8-2 with a 3.67 ERA (90.2 IP, 37 ER), 34 walks and 69 strikeouts in 16 starts for the Golden Eagles.
Left-handed pitcher Colton Harlow was selected in the 30th round with the 906th overall pick … the 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior out of James Madison University went 4-5 with a 4.30 ERA (75.1 IP, 36 ER), 28 walks and 59 strikeouts in 14 appearances, 13 starts, in 2018 … in 2017, the Mount Jackson, Va., native was named the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (March 13) after tossing a complete game with 15 strikeouts March 10, 2017 vs. Coppin State.
The Rockies selected right-handed pitcher Joel Condreay, a senior at Whitworth College, with the 936th pick in the 31st round … primarily an infielder at Whitworth, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound native of Renton, Wash., tossed just 2.2 innings in four years at Whitworth … as a hitter, he batted .355 (44-for-124) with 16 doubles and two home runs.
Left-handed pitcher Reagan Todd, a senior at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo., was selected in the 32nd round, 966th overall … the Centennial, Colo., native and graduate of Regis Jesuit High School went 7-2 with a 3.60 ERA (80.0 IP, 32 ER), 39 walks and 85 strikeouts in 14 appearances, 13 starts for the Mavericks in 2018.
Nick Pogue, a right-handed pitcher at Eau Gallie (Fla.) High School was selected in the 33rd round, 996th overall … the 6-foot-5, 215- pound native of Melbourne, Fla., and University of Florida commit was named a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Second-Team All- American and Florida Region First-Team All-American.
Shortstop Jake Moberg, from Vista Murrieta High School in California, was selected in the 34th round, 1026th overall … the 6-foot-1, 175-pound UCLA commit batted .267 with two home runs his senior season in 2018 and .365 with three home runs as a junior …. was named a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Third-Team All-American and California Region First-Team All-American.
Sean Mullen, a right-handed pitcher from Stockdale High School in Brentwood, Calif., was selected in the 35th round, 1056th overall
… the 6-foot-2, 185-pound UCLA commit was named a 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American … went 8-1 with a 1.30 ERA with Stockdale.
Shortstop Cayden Zimmerman, from Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., was selected in the 36th round, 1086th overall … the Air Force Academy commit batted .371 with 23 runs, seven double and four triples in 19 games … the 5-foot-11, 165- pound member of the Colorado Rockies Scout Team was named a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American.
Easton McMurray, a left-handed pitcher from Liberty High School in Brentwood, Calif., was selected in the 37th round, 1116th overall
… the 6-foot-4, 198-pound LSU commit only made four appearances this season but went 6-1 with a 0.52 ERA in seven starts as a junior in 2017.
The Rockies selected Kumar Rocker, a right-handed pitcher from North Oconee High School in Bogart, Ga., was selected in the 38th round, 1146th overall … ranked the 23rd overall prospect in the draft by MLB.com, the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder is committed to play baseball at Vanderbilt … the son of former NFL defensive lineman Tracy Rocker was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game First-Team All- American.
Isaiah Thomas, an outfielder at The Benjamin School in Palm Beach, Fla., was selected 117th overall in the 39th round … the 6-foot-2, 192-pounder hit .485 with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 34 RBI in 29 games his senior season in 2018 … the Vanderbilt commit was named a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Third-Team All-American.
With their final selection in the 40th round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, the Rockies selected catcher Brett Auerbach from Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, Calif. … in 47 games with the Gauchos in 2018, the 5-foot-9, 180pound sophomore from Orange County, Calif., batted .362 with two home runs, 36 RBI and 26 stolen bases.
The Draft List
|6||186||Niko||Decolati||OF||R||R||6’1”||215||Loyola Marymount||Las Vegas||Nev.|
|7||216||Andrew||Quezada||RHP||L||R||6’1”||182||Cal State Fullerton||Bellflower||Calif.|
|17||516||Reese||Berberet||3B||R||R||6’3”||215||Long Beach CC||Fallbrook||Calif.|
|19||576||Zach||Hall||OF||L||L||6’0”||195||UC Colorado Springs||Granite Bay||Calif.|
|20||606||Luke||Morgan||OF||R||R||6’2”||195||College of Charleston||New Lenox||Ill.|
|27||816||Eric||Hepple||RHP||R||R||6’0”||218||Central Florida||Coral Springs||Fla.|
|28||846||John||Cresto||3B||R||R||6’3”||210||Santa Clara University||Encinitas||Calif.|
|30||906||Colton||Harlow||LHP||L||L||5’10”||170||James Madison||Mount Jackson||Va.|
|33||996||Nick||Pogue||RHP||R||R||6’5”||215||Eau Gallie HS||Melbourne||Fla.|
|34||1026||Jake||Moberg||SS||R||R||6’1”||175||Vista Murrieta HS||Murrieta||Calif.|
|36||1086||Cayden||Zimmerman||SS||R||R||5’11”||165||Rock Canyon HS||Highlands Ranch||Colo.|
|38||1146||Kumar||Rocker||RHP||R||R||6’4”||235||North Oconee HS||Bogart||Ga.|
|39||1176||Isaiah||Thomas||OF||R||R||6’2”||192||The Benjamin School||Palm Beach||Fla.|
|40||1206||Brett||Auerbach||C||R||R||5’9”||180||Saddleback CC||Orange County||Calif.|