Colorado Rockies Top 12 Draft Picks

The Colorado Rockies drafted 11 college players in their first 12 picks, and have signed them all plus the high school player drafted second. The draftees have been assigned to Rookie or Low-A ball to begin their pro careers. Here is a brief look at the Top 12 Rockies draft picks:

1.22. Ryan Rolison, LHP – Mississippi
The 22nd pick in the first round has one of the best curveballs in the draft, a low-90s fastball, upside to be a #2 starter. Has a chance to move through the system quickly. The 20-year-old was assigned to the Rookie level Grand Junction Rockies.

1.42. Grant Lavigne, 1B – Bedford High School (NH)
The 42nd pick in the draft , a Wake Forest commit, is a power hitter from the left side who fits the profile of a handful of Rockies’ first-base prospects in front of him. The 18-year-old was 4 for 11 in his first three games at Grand Junction.

2.76. Mitchell Kilkenny, RHP – Texas A&M University
The 76th pick in the draft had an elite year and helped his school to the College World Series. Unfortunate news just announced that he needs TJS.

3.96. Terrin Vavra, SS – University of Minnesota
The 96th pick in the draft is hitting .400 in his first week at low-A Boise. His brother Trey is in the Minnesota Twins minor league system.

4.126. Ryan Feltner, RHP – Ohio State
6’4″ righty had 204 Ks in 221 IP in 3 years as a Buckeye. Played on the Cape with Brewster (2016) and Bourne (2017) the last two summers.

5.156. Jacob Bird, RHP – UCLA
Chosen 156th in the draft, the senior was an All-Pac-12 selection after ending the year with a 7-4 record and a league-leading 2.18 ERA.

6.186. Niko Decolati, 3B – Loyola Marymount
Hitting .282 after his first 10 games at Grand Junction (Rookie league).

7.216. Andrew Quezada, RHP – Cal State Fullerton
Just finished CWS. Not assigned yet.

8.246. Nick Bush, LHP – LSU
Just finished CWS. Headed to Boise.

9.276. Willie MacIver, C – Washington
Just finished CWS. Headed to Boise.

10.306. Cade Harris, IF/OF – Oklahoma
Hitting .342 after 11 games in Boise with 18 total bases and 6 SBs.

11.336. P.J. Poulin, LHP – Connecticut
Chosen with the 336th pick in the draft, he has allowed no runs in his first three relief appearances in Boise.

Featured image of Ryan Rolison – via Ole Miss Baseball on Twitter

Michael Parnell is a retired newspaper editor who covers the Colorado Rockies for Prospects1500. He is a longtime fantasy baseball fan who now focuses on his dynasty teams in Diamond Duos and Dynasty Sports Empire leagues. He recently relocated from Fernandina Beach, Fla., to Albuquerque, N.M. Follow him on Twitter @parnellmichael.

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