The Rockies took a catcher with their pick in the Competitive Balance Round A on Wednesday. They took Drew Romo, a switch-hitting catcher out of The Woodlands High School in Texas (alma mater of one Paul Goldschmidt), with the 35th overall pick. This is the highest the Rockies have selected a catcher in the draft. That title was formerly held by Tom Murphy, who was drafted 105th overall in 2012 out of SUNY Buffalo.
With the 35th overall pick of the 2020 #MLBDraft, the #Rockies select @twhsbaseball catcher Drew Romo, No. 35 on the Top 200 Draft Prospects list: https://t.co/gVtSBMPmFL— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 11, 2020
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So far the early reports seem good. MLB Network compared him to Yasmani Grandal. Former Rockies General Manager Dan O’Dowd described him as “already a professional catcher and he’s in high school.” MLB.com said he is “a potential Gold Glover” and “he possesses soft hands, advanced receiving skills and a strong arm with a quick release. He also garners praise for his leadership ability, work ethic and baseball IQ.”
That’s pretty high praise for a high school kid, especially one who plays such a tough position. He’s currently committed to LSU, so we’ll see if he signs.
Here is his 2080 Baseball report, for further information about the newest Rockies catcher.