The Rockies selected high school third baseman Ryan Vilade 48th overall in the second round of the 2017 draft. Vilade is a right-handed batter and thrower from Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Vilade was projected to go in the second round, so his selection here fits. Vilade has a college commitment to Oklahoma State, where his father serves as a coach. But the Rockies are likely confident that they can sign him with their second round slot money.
Like most recent high school position player draftees, Vilade will likely be assigned to Rookie Grand Junction after he signs, assuming he does.
This was the Rockies first selection of the 2017 draft. The Rockies sacrificed their first round selection, 11th overall, after they signed Ian Desmond as a free agent. The Texas Rangers attached a Qualifying Offer to Desmond after the 2016 season.
The Rockies have only had the 48th selection once in team history, in 2014. They chose Ryan Castellani with that pick. The Rockies’ current major league roster sports several contributors selected in the second round. They are Charlie Blackmon (72nd overall in 2008) Nolan Arenado (59th overall in 2009), and Chad Bettis (76th overall in 2010).
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