No. 1 Pick Rolison Among 26 Drafts Signed by Rockies (complete list)

It took some patience. Rockies scouting director Bill Schmidt was willing to wait.

And it paid off.

Ryan Rolison, the Rockies’ first-round selection in last week’s first-year player draft, was among 26 drafted players the Rockies announced on Wednesday that they have signed.

The Rockies are expected to sign at least seven more of their draft choices, but negotiations are on hold because of delays in being able to open negotations.

Schmidt’s not going to complain. Look what waiting did for him in regards to Rolison, who the Rockies felt had first-round potential two years ago, when he came out of high school. The Padres selected him in the 37th round and never had a chance to get involved in serious negotiations.

“He was firm in his intention to attend Mississippi,” said Schmidt. “We respected that. But we also knew he was going to be eligible again in two years (because he turns 21 next month) so we kept track of him.”

The Rockies interest was as strong, if not stronger, this spring.

“His fastball is going to be competitive at the big-league level and he has a plus breaking ball with the ability to throw strikes with all four pitches. The way he competes made us feel he has the ability to be a productive Major League pitcher.”

Schmidt and his staff have established a strong track record on college pitching in recent drafts. Four of the five members of the Rockies big-league rotation were drafted out of college – Chad Bettis in the second round 2010; Tyler Anderson in the first round in 2011; Jon Gray in 2013, and Kyle Freeland in 2014.

The Rockies still have five players selected in the first 10 rounds unsigned, but they have just been able to begin negotiations with four of them, and the fifth, No. 9 pick catcher Willie MacIver, is at the College World Series with Washington.

Grant Lavigne, a competitive balance pick the Rockies took with the 42nd selection in the draft, does not graduate from Bedford (N.H.) High School until Friday.

The Rockies are believed to be working out final details of a deal with Mitchell Killkenny, a second-round compensation pick who was the 76th player taken overall.

Shortstop Terrin Vavra, the Rockies third-round pick, attended Minnesota, which was eliminated from the College World Series field on Sunday, and right-handrer Andrew Quezada, the seventh-round draft, was on the Fullerton State team eliminated from the College World Series on Monday.

And two others, infielder Kyle Datres, a 12th-round draft out of North Carolina, and 21st-round pick Hunter Stovall of Mississippi State, are competing, along with MacIver, in the final eight of the College World Series in Omaha, which opens on Saturday.

The 26 Who Signed

Rd Pick Last First Pos. B T HT WT School Hometown State
1 22 Rolison Ryan LHP R L 6-2 195 Ole Miss Jackson Tenn.
4 126 Feltner Ryan RHP R R 6’4” 190 Ohio State Hudson Ohio
5 156 Bird Jacob RHP R R 6’3” 200 UCLA Valencia Calif.
6 186 Decolati Niko OF R R 6’1” 215 Loyola Marymount Las Vegas Nev.
8 246 Bush Nick LHP L L 5’11” 173 LSU Leesburg Ga.
10 306 Harris Cade OF L R 6’2” 195 Oklahoma Leona Texas
11 336 Poulin PJ LHP R L 6’1” 185 Connecticut Marion Mass.
13 396 Supple Rayne RHP S R 6’3” 185 Wake Forest Shelburne Vt.
14 426 Tribucher Will LHP L L 6’3” 210 Michigan San Clemente Calif.
15 456 Montes Coco SS R R 6’1” 175 South Florida Miami Fla.
16 486 Johnson Boby RHP R R 6’1” 185 Bradley Miller Mo.
17 516 Berberet Reese 3B R R 6’3” 215 Long Beach CC Fallbrook Calif.
18 546 Lackey Shelby RHP R R 6’3” 190 Pacific Linden Calif.
19 576 Hall Zach OF L L 6’0” 195 UC Colorado Springs Granite Bay Calif.
20 606 Morgan Luke OF R R 6’2” 195 College of Charleston New Lenox Ill.
22 666 Barnwell Jacob C R R 5’10” 170 Ohio State Catlettsburg Ky.
23 696 Schmidt Colten LHP L L 6’0” 175 Louisiana Lafayette LaPorte Texas
24 726 Fennell Trent RHP R R 6’5” 205 Barton College Dunn N.C.
25 756 Metz Robert 2B R R 5’10” 185 George Washington Poolesville Md.
26 786 Golsan Will OF R R 6’1” 185 Ole Miss Columbus Miss.
27 816 Hepple Eric RHP R R 6’0” 218 Central Florida Coral Springs Fla.
28 846 Cresto John 3B R R 6’3” 210 Santa Clara University Encinitas Calif.
29 876 Ausua Miguel LHP L L 6’0” 180 Oral Roberts Penuelas P.R.
30 906 Harlow Colton LHP L L 5’10” 170 James Madison Mount Jackson Va.
31 936 Condreay Joel RHP L R 6’3” 185 Whitworth College Renton Wash.
32 966 Todd Reagan LHP L L 6’3” 218 Colorado Mesa Centennial Colo.

16 Who Remain UnSIgned

Rd Pick Last First Pos. B T HT WT School Status
CBA 42 Lavigne Grant 1B L R 6’4” 220 Bedford HS Graduates HS Friday
2C 76 Killkenny Mitchell RHP R R 6’4” 206 Texas A&M Finalizing deal
3 96 Vavra Terrin SS L R 6’1” 185 Minnesota Eliminated CWS Sunday
7 216 Quezada Andrew RHP L R 6’1” 182 Cal State Fullerton Eliminated CWS Monday
9 276 MacIver Willie C R R 6’2” 205 Washington In College World Series
12 366 Datres Kyle INF R R 6’0” 180 North Carolina In College World Series
21 636 Stovall Hunter 2B R R 5’8” 170 Mississippi State In College World Series
33 996 Pogue Nick RHP R R 6’5” 215 Eau Gallie HS Will continue to follow
34 1026 Moberg Jake SS R R 6’1” 175 Vista Murrieta HS Will continue to follow
35 1056 Mullen Sean RHP R R 6’2” 185 Stockdale HS Will continue to follow
36 1086 Zimmerman Cayden SS R R 5’11” 165 Rock Canyon HS Will continue to follow
37 1116 McMurray Easton LHP R L 6’4” 198 Liberty HS Will continue to follow
38 1146 Rocker Kumar RHP R R 6’4” 235 North Oconee HS Strong Commit Vanderbilt
39 1176 Thomas Isaiah OF R R 6’2” 192 The Benjamin School Will continue to follow
40 1206 Auerbach Brett C R R 5’9” 180 Saddleback CC Will continue to follow



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