Saturday Rockpile: Aaron Cook Set to Return, Plus Some MLB Draft Talk

Rockies' Cook ready to make his case for rotation - The Denver Post
Aaron Cook pitched well for Colorado Springs in his last rehab start, and now he's set to make his 2011 debut at Petco Park against the Padres on Wednesday. Cook has always been brilliant in San Diego, so that's a good place for him to begin his season. At this point, the only complaint I have about Aaron Cook joining the club is that he can't help the offense - no more than slugger Juan Nicasio, anyway.

Moss: Anticipation builds for Rockies draft - The Denver Post
The current Rockies aren't any fun to talk about at this point, so we might as well turn our attention to the draft. Irv Moss ran off a list of every single one of Colorado's first round picks in their short history. Lots of disappointment there. Also, he mentions that Northern Colorado's Jarod Berrgren was invited to Coors Field for predraft workouts last week. I have no idea how good the kid is, because it's virtually impossible to find up-to-date college baseball statistics for a school such as UNC. As for who the Rockies are seemingly in line to take with their first pick, Utah's C.J. Cron is the most mentioned name at this point. Russ wrote about this over at SB Nation Denver this morning. I've had the pleasure of watching Cron in person on numerous occasions, as well as on TV (most recently, his disappearing act at the Mountain West Conference tournament). And when I say pleasure, I mean that only in regards to his hitting; I am in complete agreement with Kevin Goldstein's assessment that Cron's only strength on a baseball field is his bat; he has no range at first (he should have been a catcher but has a bad throwing shoulder), and is almost as slow as I am.

Speaking of which, I have to go play softball. Check back in throughout the day, as it could be an interesting one as far as potential roster moves are concerned.

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