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
|6||186||Decolati||Niko||OF||R||R||6’1”||215||Loyola Marymount||Las Vegas||Nev.|
|17||516||Berberet||Reese||3B||R||R||6’3”||215||Long Beach CC||Fallbrook||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.|
|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.|
|30||906||Harlow||Colton||LHP||L||L||5’10”||170||James Madison||Mount Jackson||Va.|
16 Who Remain UnSIgned
|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|