A Brief Glimpse of the Rockies’ Draft Picks Through Today…

2011 Colorado Rockies Draft Picks

 

Tyler Anderson- LHP- Oregon (20th Overall)

6’4” and 215 lbs – 21 Years Old

L/L

 

Anderson, a Las Vegas native, finished his junior year with a school career-record 285 strikeouts, and his 114 strikeouts this past season also are a school record. He went 8-3 with a 2.17 ERA in 2011 and is tied for third all-time with 17 career wins. Anderson also pitched impressively for Team USA.  Anderson has a fastball between 90 and 92 mph and a solid group of four pitches and has been compared to Jeff Francis, a lefty the Rockies selected ninth overall in 2002. The Twins originally selected Anderson in the 50th round in 2008 and he became the first Oregon player taken in the first round since the Padres selected right-handed pitcher Dave Roberts in 1972. Anderson was rated the 24th best prospect by Baseball America.

 

Trevor Story – SS – HS(TX) (45th Overall)

6’1” and 177 lbs – 18 Years Old

R/R

 

Rated the 40th best prospect by Baseball America, Story has signed his letter of intent to play at Louisiana State, but is expected to sign with the Rockies. The prep star has experts such as MLBTV’s Jonathan Mayo fawning over his defensive abilities. While high school pitching isn’t quite the same level as professional pitching, Story hit .484 with 10 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 29 RBIs during the high school season. “It’s the best moment of my life so far right now,” Story said

 

Carl Thomore – OF – HS(NJ) (77th Overall)

6’2” and 212 lbs – 18 Years Old

R/R

Rated the 68th best prospect by Baseball America, Thomore has some power and projects as a right fielder at the next level. An advanced approach helps his cause. Thomore is a good athlete with a strong arm, though he’s not good enough for center and profiles best in right. His bat projects to be plenty good for the position though. He withdrew his commitment to Rutgers and plans on signing.

 Peter O’Brien – C – Bethune-Cookman (107th Overall)

6’5” and 225 lbs – 20 Years Old

R/R

 

Though of as a first or second round pick, the Rockies may have drafted a solid value pick with their third round selection. He was seen as possibly the first catcher off of the board on draft day and had a solid summer with Team USA last year. Big power guy with a long swing. Has the potential to be an everyday Major League catcher with middle of the order power and solid arm strength. Batted .304 in 61 starts for B-C this season while also hitting 14 homeruns and driving in 69 runs.

 

Dillon Thomas – OF – HS(TX) (138th Overall)

6’1” and 195 lbs – 18 Years Old

L/L

 

Committed to Texas A&M University, Thomas batted .464 with 8 homeruns and 35 runs batted in in 33 games in his senior season for Westbury Christian High School in Texas.

 

Taylor Featherston – SS – TCU (168th Overall)

6’1” and 185 lbs – 21 Years Old

R/R

 

Featherston never batted less than .322 in his three seasons with the Horned Frogs and had a tremendous junior year, batting .335 in 62 games. He hit three homeruns and drove in 42 while earning an on base percentage of .410. In 2010 he was named to the 1st-Team All-Mountain West Conference team at shortstop and also made the 2010 College World Series All-Tournament team.

 

 Chris Jensen- RHP – University of San Diego (198th Overall)

6’4” and 200 lbs – 20 Years Old

R/R

 

Jensen, a Gilbert, Arizona native, went 3-7 with a 3.95 earned run average in 12 starts and 18 appearances for the Toreros in 2011.

 

Harold Riggins – 1B – North Carolina State (228th Overall)

6’3” and 234 lbs – 21 Years Old

R/R

 

Riggins batted .314 with 4 homeruns and 35 runs batted in for the Wolfpack in 2011. He was also named the 2010 ACC Tournament MVP after batting .562 in the team’s four games.

 

Roberto Padilla – LHP – San Jose State (258th Overall)

6’3” and 200 lbs – 20 Years Old

L/L

 

Padilla, who played just one season at San Jose State after transferring from junior college, had a pitching staff best 3.19 earned run average while going 9-6 on the season in 14 starts and 16 appearances. He also threw a staff high 98.2 innings.

 

Thomas “Ross” Stripling – RHP – Texas A&M (288th Overall)

6’3” and 190 lbs – 21 Years Old

R/R

 

Thomas, who goes by “Ross”, Stripling was a weekend rotation pitcher for the Aggies, a spot reserved for the best starters on the team’s staff, the last two seasons for Texas A&M. This season Stripling put up some very impressive numbers. He went 13-2 with a 2.30 earned run average in 14 starts and 21 appearances. He pitched a staff high 109.2 innings while allowing just 77 hits and 16 walks.

 

Benjamin Hughes – RHP – St. Olaf College (318th Overall)

6’5” and 215 lbs – 21 Years Old

R/R

 

Hughes was named the MIAC’s Pitcher of the Year, becoming the ninth player to earn league MVP honors since 1999. Was 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA and struck out 83 against 19 walks in 57.2 innings. Went 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA in MIAC play and had three complete games, two shutouts and at least 10 strikeouts in five of his 10 appearances. Hughes also led the team in wins (7), innings (57.2), and strikeouts (83) while holding left-hand hitters to a .185 average (10-for-54).

 

Alex Gillingham – RHP – Loyola Marymount University (348th Overall)

6’3” and 200 lbs – 21 Years Old

R/R

 

Gillingham was the ace of the LMU staff, leading the team in most major pitching categories. The righty had a 2.49 earned run average while going 8-4 on the season. He started 14 games and had four complete games and tallied 112 total innings pitched. He also had a superb strikeout-to-walk ratio at 78-24.

 

13.   David Schuknecht – Catcher – HS(CA)  (378th Overall)

6’2” and 195 lbs – 17 Years Old

L/R

 

Schuknecht led his team in hitting, batting an impressive .411 in 31 games for Palm Desert High School. He also hit three homeruns and drove home 25 runs while earning an on base percentage of .504.

 

Kyle Roliard  – LHP/OF – Louisiana Tech (408th Overall)

6’5” and 190 lbs – 21 Years Old

L/L

 

                The multi-tooled Roliard did it all for Louisiana Tech last season. As an outfielder and starting pitcher, Roliard offers the Rockies options with his pick. As the leadoff hitter and outfielder, Roliard batted .330 in 58 games and had an on base percentage of .394. On the mound he started four games while appearing in 13. Roliard had an earned run average of 5.35 with a record of 1-3.

 

Brian Humphries – OF – Pepperdine University (438th Overall)

6’3” and 195 lbs – 21 Years Old

L/R

 

Humphries started 51 games for Pepperdine, batting .288 and driving home 28 runs. He stole 11 bases in 12 attempts and hit three homeruns. He’s had an eleven game hitting streak and has had four hits in a game three times in his collegiate career.

 

 

Timothy Smalling – SS – Virginia Tech (468th Overall)

6’3” and 207 lbs – 23 Years Old

R/R

 

Smalling, who was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player draft, has done well for the Hokies the last two seasons after transferring from Arkansas. His average over those two seasons is .331 with 16 homeruns and 79 runs batted in.

 

Preston Tucker – 1B- Florida University (498th Overall)

6’0” and 217 lbs – 20 Years Old

L/L

 

Playing for one of the top teams in the nation, Tucker was one of eight Gators who had started a game that had a batting average over .300, with a .319 average. His major contribution to the team was with his power, where he hammered 13 homeruns, 20 doubles and drove in 65 runs batted in during the team’s 64 games he started. Also, playing both first base and outfield, Tucker committed just one error and had a .994 fielding percentage.

 

William Rankin – RHP- Southern Polytechnic State (528th Overall)

6’0” and 192 lbs – 22 Years Old

R/R

 

Rankin, playing for a smaller NAIA school, dominated for SPSU in Marietta, Georgia. In 14 games Rankin had a 1.94 earned run average with a 9-2 record over 83.2 innings.

 

Benjamin Alsup – RHP – Louisiana State University (558th Overall)

6’3” and  ___ lbs – 22 Years Old

R/R

 

Alsup was a regular member of the LSU starting rotation and was 6-5 on the year. In 12 starts and 65.2 innings pitched he had a 4.66 earned run average and had a .278 batting average against him during the 2011 season.

 

Jesse Meaux – RHP – UC-Santa Barbara (588th Overall)

6’4” and 210 lbs – 21 Years Old

R/R

 

Meaux was third on the Gauchos staff in starts with 10 in 2011, going 3-5 with a 3.70 earned run average. In his 65.2 innings pitched Meaux allowed 72 hits, walked 14 and struck out 34.

 

Daniel Winkler – RHP – Central Florida (618th Overall)

6’1” and 190 lbs – 21 Years Old

R/R

 

In 2011 Winkler tied for the team-high with 14 starts and made 18 appearances overall, going 3-4 with a 4.70 earned run average. He struck out 92 batters in 82.1 innings on the mound to average 10.06 strikeouts per nine innings and only walked 24 to have a 3.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Jordan Ribera – 1B – Fresno State(648th Overall)

5’11” and 230 lbs – 22 Years Old

L/R

 

Ribera is a powerful bat at first base and in 2010 lead the nation in homeruns with 27. He also hit .343 with team-high 20 doubles and 69 runs batted in and was named WAC Player of the Year, first-team All-WAC and earned All-American honors from four publications. But, in 2011 with the new bat rule in college baseball, Ribera struggled. In his 56 games Ribera batted just .240 with eight homeruns and 45 runs batted in.

 

Logan Mohan – LHP – SE Missouri State(678th Overall)

6’2” and 195 lbs – 22 Years Old

L/L

 

Mohan, in 21 appearances, had a 2.54 earned run average and 5-4 record while recording eight saves. Opponents batted .208 against the lefty and he struck out 53 batters in his 46 innings pitched.

 

Brook Hart – LHP – Yale University (708th Overall)

6’5” and 220 lbs – 22 Years Old

L/L

 

The two sport star for the Yale Bulldogs (he’s also the team quarterback) started nine games and appeared in 11 in 2011. In those games he went 4-5 with four complete games and had an impressive 2.23 earned run average. He also struck out 47 players in his 64.2 innings pitched while walking just 13.

 

Connor McKay – OF – Regis Jesuit HS(CO)(738th Overall)

6’4” and 195 lbs – 18 Years Old

R/R

 

Selected as preseason All-American

 

Patrick Johnson – RHP – University of North Carolina (768th Overall)

6’1” and 180 lbs – 22 Years Old

R/R

 

Johnson, as the ace of the Tar Heels staff, started 15 games and going 12-1 with a 2.36 earned run average. He lead the team in starts (15), wins (12), innings pitched (99.1) and strikeouts (113). He also allowed just 29 walks, giving him an astounding 3.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

 

Michael Wolford – RHP – UC-Riverside (798th Overall)

6’3” and 200 lbs – 22 Years Old

R/R

 

Wolford led the Highlanders in appearances as the main reliever on the staff. In his 22 appearances Wolford was 2-0 with a 2.35 earned run average and two saves in 30.2 innings of work. He also struck out 26 while walking just five batters all season.

Matt Argyropoulos – 3B – Washington State University (828th Overall)

6’2” and 193 lbs – 22 Years Old

R/R

 

The Cougar’s third baseman batted .283 in 48 starts in 2011 while hitting 5 homeruns and driving in 28. He played at Gesa Stadium for the Cougs as a part of the Cougar Diamond Classic against the University of Washington in late May of 2011.

 

Joshua Correa – OF – Eliosa Pascal HS (858th Overall)

6’2” and 180 lbs – 18 Years Old

R/R

 

 

Matthew Dermody – LHP – Iowa University (888th Overall)

6’5” and 190 lbs – 20 Years Old

R/L

 

Dermody started all 14 games he appeared and finished with a record of 4-6 while registering a 4.15 earned run average and allowing 39 earned runs in 84.2 innings pitched. He also recorded 75 strikeouts, which ties for tenth-most in a season in Iowa history and the led the conference.

 

John Curtiss – RHP – Carroll HS (TX) (918th Overall)

6’4” and 200 lbs – 18 Years Old

R/R

 

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