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Tuesday Rockpile: Rockies add Peter, Parker in Draft

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Okay, so Spiderman won't be scaling the right field scoreboard to take would-be home runs, but we can be just as excited.

Thanks to a franchise record 92 wins last year, the Rockies had the lowest selection in the first round in franchise history.  So other than Jayson Nix in 2001, when Colorado had no first-round pick, this would be the lowest first round pick in franchise history.  Bill Schmidt and company passed on Nick Castellanos and picked Kyle Parker, Clemson's starting quarterback.  According to Jim Henry of NCAAFB FanHouse, Parker is the only player in Division 1A history to have a 20TD pass, 20 HR season.

Quick analyses and grades abound, with most quibbles seemingly centering around his ability to develop skills while focusing solely on baseball.  Andy Seiler from MLB Bonus Baby says Parker has an "average hit-tool with plus raw power," "is quite patient...(sometimes) to a fault" and that he is an "average defensive corner outfielder."  That's the starting point in the minors.  

In the supplemental round, the Rockies selected a strong-arm projectable HS arm whose fastball could sit 92-95 with movement(!!) but has been clocked at 97.  Bill Schmidt likened Peter Tago to Pedro Astacio or Esmil Rogers, which is fine by me.  Many scouts have questioned his secondary stuff, but Seiler calls in a potential plus pitch, and he looks to have more than good start on developing a curve in this video.  Tago seems like a fantastic pick at #47, a talent truly worth a first round selection.

The next question is signability.  Keith Law calls the Tago pick "a steal, as he's not likely to go to school."  As for Parker, there have been questions whether he will forgo his final three years of football eligibility and opt for a baseball career.  His father played in the NFL, and he has been told he could be a top 10 pick in the NFL draft if he sticks with football.  But Bill Schmidt has said numerous times that the Rockies have done their homework and expect him to sign.  According to Peter Gammons, that decision (either way) would come quickly.

Rounds 2-30 will be drafted today starting at 10MT.  The Rockies will pick 76th overall (26th today), 107th, 140th and every 30th pick after that.

More links after the jump. 


Hammel states his case - The Denver Post
Hammel is 3-1 with a cool 3.00 ERA since returning from the disabled list, his worst start (Game Score=47) coming against the Royals.  Jhoulys Chacin is 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA.  These two guys are in competition for our fifth starting pitcher.  God, I love our rotation.  I expect Chacin to be optioned when Jorge de la Rosa returns around the All-Star Break, but it will be an interesting race to watch.


Key bullpen session for De La Rosa | All Things Rockies
Jim Armstrong forgot the third W in the "five W's and an H" rule.  Apparently, de la Rosa will be throwing breaking balls for the first time in a bullpen session, though there is no time listed for this event.

2010 MLB Draft: Not Selected Day 1 | FanGraphs Baseball - Profiles by Bryan Smith and Marc Hulet on the "best players" remaining going into Day 2.