Saturday Farm Report: Another Day, Another Projection for Rockies 1st Round Selection

On Monday evening, the guessing game ends. Major League Baseball will hold its first two rounds of the first-year player draft.

For now, however, it remains a guessing game. And the latest guess about the Rodriguez comes from Fan Graphs, which projects the Rockies to use the 22nd selection in the first round on right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar of Florida. Kowar becomes the fifth different player projected for the Rockies in the last three weeks.

Baseball America lists Kowar as the 17th best prospect in the draft.

Saturday's projection: RHP Jackson Kowar, University of Florida
6-6, 185. Ranked 99th best player in country out of high school

Report: Polished sinking fastball, and change-up he uses to both left-handed and right-handed hitters. Third pitch is a curveball that shows potential to be elite pitch. Makeup and toughness off the chart.

Thursday'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. 
 

May 26 (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 Friday's Games

AAA Albuquerque(29-27) lost 10-3 to Fresno. Jeff Hoffman (3-4, 4.29) allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out five in six innings. Mason Metotakis, signed May 20 after being released by the Twins, took the brunt of the damage, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk while retiring four batters.

AA Hartford (26-29) lost 4-3 to Altoona, extending its losing streak to a season-longest seven games. Chris Rabago gave the Yard Goats a 3-1 lead with a bases-loaded double in the sixth. Mitch Horaceck (0-3) suffered the loss in relief of Jesus Tinoco, who allowed three runs on six hits and two walks, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings.

High A Lancaster (26-29) lost 2-0 at Rancho Cucamonga. Manny Melendez had two singles, Lancaster's only hits. Rico Garcia (5-6, 3.86) allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out nine in six innings. Lancaster, Lake Elsinore and Rancho Cucamonga are all 26-29, tied for second place in the South Division, one game behind Inland Empire, with 15 games remaining in the first half. 

Low Asheville (20-32) lost 7-4 at Greenville. Bret Boswell doubled home three runs and scored the fourth in a four-run eighth inning. Will Gaddis (2-3, 6.33) allowed seven runs, five earned, on eighth hits and a walk, striking out six in 6 1/3 innings.