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2011 MLB Draft: Colorado Rockies Draft Report

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1-Tyler Anderson-LHP-Oregon

Anderson is an extremely polished lefty who has a strong 5 pitch mix to attack hitters. He is listed at 6'4 215 and has fastball normally sits in the high 80's to low 90's. While he doesn't have a huge ceiling he could be a quick riser to the bigs.

1S-Trevor Story-SS-HS (Texas)

Bought out of a LSU commitment for $915K Story was assigned to the Pioneer league and hit .268/.364/..436 and was named as the #1 prospect in the Pioneer League by Baseball America. Story looks like he should be able to stick at SS and has a good well rounded tool set, led by his strong arm which generated fastballs in the low 90's when he pitched in High School.

2-Carl Thomore-OF-HS (New Jersey)

You may remember Thomore as the prospect who suffered a dislocated ankle on a showcase in 2010 and had it popped back into place on the baseball field. This is a great example of why people love his game and while he doesn't have elite tools he should be a guy that will be able to make the most out of what he has.

3-Peter O'Brien-C-Bethune Cookman

O'Brien was a projected first round pick but had a disappointing spring and ultimately did not sign with the Rockies and is seeking a waiver so that he can play at Miami without missing a year. He has solid righthanded power but he had some issues with contact this year and his defense is pretty raw.

4-Dillon Thomas-OF-HS (Texas)

Thomas will go far as his bat will take him as he likely doesn't have the speed to stick in a corner outfield spot. The Rockies though, obviously believe in the bat as they gave him $300K to lure him away from Texas A&M.

5-Taylor Featherston-SS-TCU

Featherston has a solid bat with some pop but the main question for him is whether or not he can remain at SS. While he flashed solid range and a strong arm he also made 24 errors and looked to be rushing. If he can stick at SS he could a nice find in the 5th round by Colorado.

6-Chris Jensen-RHP-San Diego

Jensen split time between the rotation and bullpen in his three years at USD. He spent most of this year in the rotation but his inconsistent command will likely lead him to a bullpen role in pro ball.

7-Harold Riggins-1B-North Carolina State

Riggins showed a very patient approach at NC State, hitting .314/.436/.444 but he'll have to make adjustments in pro ball as he struck out 67 times in 207 AB's in 2011.

8-Roberto Padilla-LHP-San Jose State

On February 26, Padilla and the Spartans beat UCLA and Trevor Bauer when Padilla through a CGSO. In 2010 Padilla won the California JUCO pitcher of the year with Ohlone College. He has a solid 4 pitch mix led by a fastball that touches the low 90's and a change up.

9-Ross Stripling-RHP-Texas A&M

The second highest pick that didn't sign with Colorado, Stripling will return to Texas A&M for his senior season. Last year Stripling posted a sterling 2.29 ERA with a 113:18 K:BB, but due to how well his stuff plays up he could make the transition to the bullpen in pro ball.

10-Ben Hughes-RHP-St. Olaf

Hughes has good size (6'5 227) and a strong fastball that can touch the mid 90's. His delivery has some deception and has 3 offspeed pitches, but they lack consistency.

11-Alex Gillingham-RHP-Loyola Marymount

12-David Schuknecht-C-HS (California)

13-Kyle Roliard-LHP-Louisiana Tech

14-Brian Humphries-OF-Pepperdine

15-Tim Smalling-SS-Virginia Tech

16-Preston Tucker-1B/OF-Florida

Tucker was considered one of the top 1B in a weak class, but the Gators moved him to the OF to help get Brian Johnson into the line up, as well as make Tucker more appealing to teams because of his versatility. Tucker though, struggled in the OF however, he adjusted fairly well to the new bats, walking nearly as much as struck out (28/29 BB:K) and a .308/.381/.545 line overall. He will return to Florida as a senior and depending on his price tag, could be a nice value pick.

17-Will Rankin-RHP-Southern Polytechnic State

18-Ben Alsup-RHP-LSU

19-Jesse Meaux-RHP-UC Santa Barbara

20-Danny Winkler-RHP-Central Florida

21-Jordan Ribera-1B-Fresno State

22-Logan Mahon-LHP-Southeast Missouri State

23-Brook Hart-LHP-Yale

24-Connor McKay-OF-HS (Colorado)

25-Patrick Johnson-RHP-North Carolina

Johnson was the Tar Heels ace, and he put solid numbers (2.47 ERA, 125:32 K:BB) but he did so as more of a pitcher than a guy with overpowering stuff as his fastball only touches the low 90's, He also has a feel for a curveball and a change up.

26-Mike Wolford-RHP-UC Riverside

27-Matt Argyropoulos-3B-Washington State

28-Joshua Correa-OF-HS (Puerto Rico)

29-Matt Dermody-LHP-Iowa

30-John Curtiss-RHP-HS (Texas)

One of my favorite 2011 draft prospects, Curtiss is a projectable righthander who ended up going to the University of Texas. Curtiss has a projectable 6'4 190 LB frame and can hit the mid 90's with his fastball. He also has a slider and the makings of a change up.

31-Sam Mende-SS-South Florida

32-Jarod Berggren-OF-Northern Colorado

33-Jaron Shepherd-OF-Mississippi State

34-Chris Dennis-RHP-Portland

35-Richard Pirkle-C-Georgia College and State

36-Tyler Servais-C-HS (Colorado)

37-Brandon Bonilla-LHP-HS (Florida)

38-Boo Vasquez-OF-HS (Ohio)

39-Chase Williams-RHP-HS (Oklahoma)

40-Drew Stankiewicz-2B-HS (Arizona)

41-Taylor Martin-RHP-HS (Kentucky)

42-Jordan Johnson-RHP-HS (California)

43-Garrett Brown-OF-HS (North Carolina)

44-Robert Kahana-RHP-HS (Hawaii)

45-Will Price-OF-HS (Georgia)

46-Nathaniel Causey-C-HS (Arizona)

47-Casey Scott-2B-HS (Arizona)

48-Clay Bauer-RHP-JC of San Mateo

49-Tyler Bernard-SS-Palomar JC

50-Heath Holder-OF-HS (Georgia)