The June 9th-11th amateur baseball draft is rapidly approaching. As noted previously, there is all sorts of player information as well as mock drafts available all over the web. Our friends at Purple Row have been covering the top amateur players on at least a weekly basis for some time now. In my opinion, educated Rox fans are really beginning to embrace the rebuild concept and are beginning to follow what’s happening within the Rox Farm. With that in mind, here’s an effort to condense the information as it relates to the Rockies. I vote for keeping all draft related comments in this thread. As always, here are several “primers;”
1. The Rockies have early picks #4, #38, #45, and #81.
2. This has been widely regarded as a “deep” draft for over a year now. Most experts continue to maintain this is indeed the case.
3. Sdcarp’s #1 draft motto is “pick the best player available, regardless of position, with your 1st round pick.” Last year this was an easy concept with only 3 obvious dominant players available and the Rox drafting 3rd. Fortunately, the Rox DID execute this instead of caving to the never ending need for pitching. The pick was Brendon Rodgers. I remain 100% convinced we’ll all be happy with this decision in the coming years.
4. Fast forward to this year – there isn’t an obvious #1. Also, the best guys seem to be distributed over several positions. So drafting “best available” and for “need” might in fact coincide.
5. Because of the depth in this year’s Draft, you’re going to hear the terminology “under-slot” quite a bit. An example of this as it pertains to the Rox might look like selecting Micky Moniak or Corey Ray with the 4th OA pick (slightly higher than where they’re projected to go) and subsequently signing them for less than the MLB “slot” allocation. That saved money can then be used at picks #38 and #45 to sign “over” slot – especially helpful if pick #38 and/or #45 is a HS pitcher that has already signed with a marque college program.
6. If the Rox go offense with the #4 pick, I look for them to go pitching with #38 and #45. I believe the reverse is true as well. If we go pitching at #4 (Pint for example), then look for offense at #38 and #45. Honestly……this year’s #4 pick may be decided by our Scout’s opinions about what will be available at #38 and #45.
Because this year’s pool of talent is deep and balanced, here’s an attempt to “group” the likely top 10 picks (a “bakers” 10 if you will):
Jason Groome HS LHP
AJ Puk College LHP
Kyle Lewis College RHed OFer – all around hitter w/solid corner OF defense.
Riley Pint HS RHP – the biggest velocity pitcher this year.
UPDATE 06/07/2016 – Jason Groome is falling, Mickey Moniak is rising. Moniak could go to the Phils at #1.
Mickey Moniak HS RHed OFer – most advanced HS hitter, fastest “riser” in draft.
Nick Senzel College 3B
Delvin Perez HS SS – dynamic 17 year old from Puerto Rico that qualifies for amateur draft
Corey Ray College OFer – speed based top of the lineup OFer
Zack Collins HS C
Dakota Hudson College RHP
Ian Anderson HS RHP – bit of a sleeper. Advanced HS pitcher with very easy, mechanically correct 92-95 mph velocity.
As noted in a couple of my previous comments on other threads – my personal first choice for the Rox is Kyle Lewis. Unfortunately, I believe he’ll go to either Cincinnati or Atlanta at #2 or #3 OA. I believe Groome will go #1 OA to the Phillies. I really like Groome, Pint, and Moniak. I’m not quite so high on Puk. Let’s see how this progresses between now and June 9th.
UPDATED SDCARP PROJECTIONS:
1. Phils – Moniak
2. Reds – Senzel
3. Braves – Complete wildcard
4. Rockies – Lewis/Pint/Puk (please “no” on Puk)