Thursday Farm Report: Another Stab at Rockies No. 1

Here's one thing that is obvious. Nobody knows for sure what the Rockies are going to do in the first-year player draft, which begins on Monday. Today marks the fourth time in four weeks that a projected first-round has been issued, and the predictors are 4-for-4 in coming up with a different name.

It is not surprising that so many names are popping up for the Rockies in light of the fact they will select 22nd, which means their candidates will be determined by what happens in the 21 selections before they can make a pick.H

What is different this week is the guess is not from the Atlanta area, which is where the player projected for the Rockies came from in the three previous weeks.

This Week's Projection (MLB.com): RHP/1B Grayson Rodriguez, Central Heights HS (Nacogdoches, Texas)
6-2, 240. College Commitment Texas A&M

 Report: Strong build. 3/4 arm slot with good extension and sinking action. Has decent four-pitch arsenal. Strike thrower. Solid now with big upside. 
 

This Week (MLB.com): RHP Cole Wilcox, Heritage HS, Ringgold, Ga.
6-5, 220, College Commitment: Georgia

Report: Legitimate three-pitch package. Fastball solid mid-90s. Has advanced change for high school pitcher. Low 3/4 arm delivery with recoil action. 

May 19 (Baseball America): C Anthon Seigler, Catersville, Ga., HS
5-11, 200, College Commitment: Florida

Report: Switch thrower/switch hitter. Plus athlete with good bat control. More doubles than home run hitter but refined swing. Plus arm. More refined as left-hander but couple MPH more as right-hander.

May 14 (Baseball America): RHP Kumar Rocker, North Oconee HS, Boart, Ga.
6-4. 240, College Commitment: Vanderbilt

Latest Baseball America rankings has him as No. 13 on prospect list. Father played football Auburn and briefly in NFL with Washington. Solid lower 90s fastball, makings of impact curveball; change a little too hard. Erratic summer in 2017 keeps him from being a top 5 pick.

Sleeper: RHP/C Mason Denaburg, Merritt Island, Fla., HS
6-3, 190, College Commitment: Florida

Has three-pitch selection. Shutdown briefly bieceps tendinitis. Could be bullpen arm. Best potential is as a power-hitting catcher, but he concentrated on pitching in spring. 

In Wednesday's Games

AAA Albuquerque(28-26) lost 12-11 in 11 innings to Fresno. Raimel Tapia and Tom Murphy both homered in the four-run seventh that tied the game at 8-8. Josh Fuentes and Jan Vasquez homered in the 10th to answer Fresno's three-run top of the 10th and force another extra inning. Austin House, however, gave up a run in the 11th and suffered the loss. Brett Oberholtzer (6.23) started and allowed eight runs on 10 hits, walking four and striking out two in 4 1/3 innings.

AA Hartford (26-27) lost 6-3 to Harrisburg, extending its losing streak to five games. Jack Wynkoop (2-5, 5.71) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings. Brandon Rodgers singled, doubled and hit is 11th home run. Mylz Jones also homered.

High A Lancaster (25-28) lost 8-7 to Inland Empire, suffering a loss in which it led going into the ninth inning for the first time this season. Jahmai Jones delivered a two-run home run in the top of the ninth, handing reliever Justin Lawrence his third blown save. Heath Holder started, but gave up four runs on five hits and a walk, striking out four in 3 1/3 innings. Carlos Herrera hit his second home run, and Alan Trejo hit his fifth.

1B Tyler Nevin came out of the game in the fourth inning, suffering a quad injury on a pick off throw.

Low Asheville (19-31) lost 9-1 at Rome, its fifth loss in a row. The Tourists scored their only run in the seventh when Matt McLaughlin tripled, and Ryan Vilade singled him home. Nick Kennedy (0-7, 7.09) allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits and three walks, striking out one.