In a press release, the Rockies announced that they have agreed to terms with Case Williams, a graduate of Douglas Country High School in Castle Rock and their fourth-round draft selection.
Relatively unknown on the national stage, Williams was a surprise choice. The Rockies, however, had been scouting Williams throughout his high school career. The 6’2’, 210-lb right-handed pitcher was the top-rated pitcher in Colorado by both Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report. In high school, he went 14-2 with a 2.98 ERA (94.0 IP, 31 ER) with 134 strikeouts, earning a record of 8-1 with a 1.81 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 2019.
According to the press release, “Williams joins Pine Creek’s Ryan Warner (third round, 2012) and Greeley Central’s Shawn Chacon (third round, 1996) as the only Colorado high school players to be selected by the Rockies in the first four rounds of the First-Year Player Draft. It is the highest a Colorado high school player has been drafted since left-handed pitcher Brock Burke was selected in the third round out of Evergreen High School by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014.”
Per Rockies policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed. However, Patrick Saunders has reported that Williams signed for a $450,000 bonus.
Soon after signing, Williams tweeted this:
This story has been updated to include Williams’s tweet and the amount of his signing bonus,