Wednesday Farm Report: Rockies College Heavy But It's Not a Pattern
The Rockies used their supplemental pick after the first round of last week's draft to select Grant Lavigne, a high school first baseman from New Hampshire. He was the only high school player among their first 33 selections in the draft, a pattern the Rockies followed in 2017, as well.
It, however, is not a set pattern. Scouting director Bill Schmidt has shown during his tenure that he not only talks about selecting the best available player available but he has lived by that approach.
Now, the focus on taking high school players is in the first 10 rounds, in large part because of signability in light of the fact most prime high school players have college scholarship offers as leverage, which is a factor in later rounds because of how the game's bonus structure is set up.
Rockies high school selections over the last decade:
|Year||Round||Top High School Selections|
|2018||1st (sup)||1B Grant Lavigne|
|Next 31 picks college/junior college|
|2017||2nd||SS Ryan Vilade (team's 1st selection)|
|No 1st round; Next 32 picks college/junior college|
|2016||1st||RHP Riley Pint|
|4th||3B Colton Welker|
|31 of 1st 33 picks college/junior college|
|2015||1st||SS Brendan Rodgers|
|1st (sup)||RHP Mike Nikorak|
|1st (sup)||3B Tyler Nevin|
|2nd||RHP Peter Lambert|
|3rd||RHP Javier Medina|
|7 of 1st 13 picks HS|
|2014||1st (sup)||2B Forrest Wall|
|2nd||RHP Ryan Castellani|
|5th||3B Kevin Padlo|
|6th||SS Max George|
|Next 24 picks college/junior college|
|2013||2nd||3B Ryan McMahon|
|6th||3B Dom Nunez|
|8th||OF Terry McClure|
|2012||1st||OF David Dahl|
|2nd||OF Max White|
|3rd (comp)||RHP Ryan Warner|
|6 of 1st 14 high school|
|2011||1st (sup)||SS Trevor Story|
|2nd||OF Carl Thomore|
|4th||OF Dillon Thomas|
|12th||C David Schuknecht|
|2010||1st sup||RHP Peter Tago|
|3 of next 26 picks college/junior college|
|2009||1st||LHP Tyler Matzek|
|2nd||3B Nolan Arenado|
|31 of next 33 picks college/junior college|
In Tuesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (32-32) was off.
AA Hartford (29-34) lost 12-0 against Erie. Brendan Rodgers (.286) had the Yard Goats only extra base hit, a double. Jack Wynkoop (2-6, 6.11) allowed 11 runs, including seven in the second inning, on 13 hits, including four home runs.
High A Lancaster (30-35) won 8-1 at Inland Empire. Rico Garcia (6-7, 3.66) allowed one run on six hits and three walks, striking out four in 6 2/3 innings. It was his eighth quality start in 13 starts. Roberto Ramos (.303) doubled twice and scored twice.
Low A Asheville (25-39) won 6-1 at Charleston. Bret Boswell (.317) was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI and his 10th home run. Will Gaddis (3-4, 6.02) allowed one run on three hits and two walks, striking out four, in six innings.