The Rockies took a high school outfielder with their first round pick on Wednesday. They took outfielder Zac Veen out of Spruce Creek High School with the ninth pick in the 2020 draft.
With the 9th overall pick of the 2020 #MLBDraft, the #Rockies select @baseball_creek OF Zac Veen, No. 7 on our Top 200 Draft Prospects list: https://t.co/zHMNi5EtqE— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 11, 2020
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Veen has long been compared to Cody Bellinger, but has also drawn comps to Kyle Tucker and, to a lesser extent, Christian Yelich. Considering he wants to be an MVP, that’s good company to be in. He is one of the younger players in this draft and is listed as 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, but is considered to be one of the best bats in this year’s class. MLB.com describes him as having “the kind of left-handed swing that scouts can dream on.” He has a lot of power, but is an average runner and therefore probably more suited for a corner outfield spot, especially at Coors Field.
The last time the Rockies drafted a high school outfielder was 2012 when they took David Dahl out of Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Alabama. More information to come as more becomes available
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In the meantime, watch this video of the newest Rockie here, courtesy of MLB.com: