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.

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