It's no fun to talk about the Rockies of today, so let's get excited about the Rockies of tomorrow. The Rockies came to terms with tall right handed pitcher Mike Nikorak, the 27th pick in the draft held two weeks ago. Using the pick that they were awarded when Michael Cuddyer signed with the Mets, the Rockies selected the high school pitcher from Pennsylvania. One Mike leaves, another arrives--time is a flat circle.
Nikorak pumps in mid-to-high 90s heat and has playable secondary offerings, according to scouts. He's an 18 year old pitcher, so his path will be a long and hard one, but he'll immediately jump onto Rockies top prospects lists.
Nikorak signed for $2.3 million, $295,000 above slot value.
The Rockies also signed high school third baseman Tyler Nevin, their third overall pick. He'll join Nikorak and top pick Brendan Rodgers at rookie level Grand Junction later this summer. That team should be fun to follow.
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Cargo remains hot, but Rox lose momentum - Rockies.com
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