UPDATE: The Colorado Rockies drafted Riley Pint with the fourth overall pick. For full results, head to the bottom of this article.
For the fifth year in a row, the Colorado Rockies hold a top-10 selection in the MLB Draft. This year's fourth overall pick will be the team's second-highest selection, behind the third overall picks they had in the 2013 and 2015 drafts. Jon Gray, the 2013 pick, remains the only one of the top 10 picks to reach the majors and has been impressive this season. But outfielder David Dahl (10th, 2012) and left-handed pitcher Kyle Freeland (8th, 2014) are perhaps only a few months away from breaking into the majors, and shortstop Brendan Rodgers, last year's selection, has been impressive at just 19 years old in the Low-A South Atlantic League. Add in tonight's choice and it's easy to envision the Rockies moving outside of the top 10 choices in the coming years.
This draft lacks a clear-cut, must-draft prospect with the No. 1 choice, which allows the Philadelphia Phillies to pivot in a number of directions with the first pick. High-upside college pitcher? Florida lefty A.J. Puk. A raw, powerful college bat? Mercer outfielder Kyle Lewis. Strong high school arms? Lefty Jason Groome and right-hander Riley Pint. Prep outfielder? Mickey Moniak. The Rockies will see at least one of these players available when they are on the clock, but we could always experience a surprise selection.
For some idea on who we and other media outlets have been projecting to teams, our mock draft tracker has been following selections since the start of May.
When is the draft and where do the Rockies pick?
It begins today, Thursday, June 9, continues on Friday, June 10, and concludes on Saturday, June 11. On Thursday, teams will makes choices in Round 1, the Competitive Balance Lottery Round A, Round 2, and the Competitive Balance Lottery Round B. Rounds 3-10 will follow on Friday and Rounds 11-40 on Saturday.
The Rockies hold a total of three selections on Day 1: Nos. 4, 38, and 45. The 38th overall pick is in the Competitive Balance Lottery Round A. The 45th is the team's second round pick. For the remainder of the draft, the Rockies will select fourth in each round unless a team before them passes.
Yes, there are 40 rounds, but a team does not need to make a choice in every round. A team can decide to pass in any round and still pick in subsequent rounds, but when a team passes they are usually done selecting players. Until a few years ago, the draft had actually been 50 rounds and before that, teams just drafted until they didn't want to any longer. Remember, the Dodgers drafted Mike Piazza in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft.
So, how much of this will be televised? Please don't say all 40 rounds.
Major League Baseball doesn't want you to suffer through that much, unlike the NFL and its bloated draft coverage. MLB Network will air Thursday's rounds and that's it. Coverage starts at 4 p.m. MT with a draft preview show before the real things gets underway at 5 p.m. MT.
And unlike the NFL Draft, selections must be made in four minutes during the first round. For the rest of Day 1 and all of Day 2, teams have one minute to draft a player. On the final day, names are pretty much called continuously with practically no wait time in between.
Hey, I think I won't be around a TV while this is happening. Can I stream this?
Yes, MLB.com will stream MLB Network's coverage as well as provide a draft tracker. There will be online coverage for all 40 rounds. Day 2 starts at 11 a.m. MT and Day 3 at 10 a.m. MT.
What's the Competitive Balance Lottery Round stuff? And how did the Rockies get one of those picks?
The Competitive Balance Lottery Rounds were introduced as part of the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement in December 2011 and the first choices came in 2013. It provided teams that are either in one of the 10 smallest markets or have one of the 10 smallest revenue pools a chance at receiving an extra choice either after the first round or following the second round. The lottery is held in July, and there are six choices each in Rounds A and B. The Rockies had the second best odds at winning the first pick in Round A, but the Cincinnati Reds, who had the third best odds, gained that choice. The Rockies will actually pick fourth instead of third (the choice they won in the lottery) behind the Reds, the Dodgers, and the Athletics because the Dodgers failed to sign Kyle Funkhouser, giving them a compensation pick that fell into this round.
Have the Rockies had a pick in either round in previous years?
The Rockies selected RHP Alex Balog 70th overall in Round B in 2013, 2B Forrest Wall 35th overall in Round A in 2014, and 3B Tyler Nevin 38th overall in Round A in 2015.
OK, who are some recent notable players taken fourth overall?
The Cubs drafted catcher Kyle Schwarber there in 2014, and he reached the majors in 2015. Schwarber demonstrated that he was ready for the major-leagues, but he has, unfortunately, been lost for the 2016 with a knee injury.
The Orioles selected Colorado native LHP Kevin Gausman in 2012, the Nationals nabbed Ryan Zimmerman there in 2005, the Phillies took Gavin Floyd in 2001, and the Cubs had another fourth overall success with Kerry Wood in 1995.
Barry Larkin (1985, Reds), Kevin Brown (1986, Rangers), Dave Winfield (1973, Padres), and Thurman Munson (1968, Yankees) are older, successful choices.
How much money is in the Rockies' bonus pool for the first 10 rounds?
The Colorado Rockies have a pool of $11,153,400, the fifth highest this year, and slot money for the No. 4 overall pick is $5,258,700. For a full breakdown check out this MLB.con article.
And finally, can I see the full draft order for Round 1 and Comp. Bal. Round A?
Sure, and we'll update this as picks are made tonight. And here's a link to the full draft order.
|1||Phillies||Mickey Moniak, OF, Calif. HS|
|2||Reds||Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee|
|3||Braves||Ian Anderson, RHP, NY HS|
|4||Rockies||Riley Pint, RHP, Kan. HS|
|5||Brewers||Corey Ray, OF, Louisville|
|6||Athletics||A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida|
|7||Marlins||Braxton Garrett, LHP, Ala. HS|
|8||Padres||Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford|
|9||Tigers||Matt Manning, RHP, Calif. HS|
|10||White Sox||Zack Collins, C, Miami|
|11||Mariners||Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer|
|12||Red Sox||Jason Groome, LHP, NJ HS|
|13||Rays||Joshua Lowe, 3B, Ga. HS|
|14||Indians||Will Benson, OF, Ga. HS|
|15||Twins||Alex Kirilloff, OF, Pa. HS|
|16||Angels||Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia|
|17||Astros||Forrest Whitley, RHP, Tex. HS|
|18||Yankees||Blake Rutherford, OF, Calif. HS|
|19||Mets||Justin Dunn, RHP, Boston College|
|20||Dodgers||Gavin Lux, SS, Wisc. HS|
|21||Blue Jays||T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Pitt|
|22||Pirates||Will Craig, 3B, Wake Forest|
|23||Cardinals||Delvin Perez, SS, Puerto Rico HS|
|24||Padres||Hudson Sanchez, SS, Tex. HS|
|25||Padres||Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State|
|26||Whites Sox||Zack Burdi, RHP, Louisville|
|27||Orioles||Cody Sedlock, RHP, Illinois|
|28||Nationals||Carter Kieboom, SS, Ga. HS|
|29||Nationals||Dane Dunning, RHP, Florida|
|30||Rangers||Cole Ragans, LHP, Fla. HS|
|31||Mets||Anthony Kay, LHP, UConn|
|32||Dodgers||Will Smith, C, Louisville|
|33||Cardinals||Dylan Carlson, OF, Calif. HS|
|34||Cardinals||Dakota Hudson, RHP, Miss. State|
|35||Reds||Taylor Trammell, OF, Ga. HS|
|36||Dodgers||Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Vanderbilt|
|37||Athletics||Daulton Jeffries, RHP, Cal|
|38||Rockies||Robert Tyler, RHP, Georgia|
|39||Diamondbacks||Anfernee Grier, OF, Auburn|
|40||Braves||Joey Wentz, LHP, Kan. HS|
Nick Lodolo, LHP, Calif. HS