2012 Colorado Rockies’ Draft Picks – Player Profiles

Here’s a glance at the 42 players drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. A number of these players will become Dust Devils in the near future, check the team website, facebook and twitter to keep up with the latest Dust Devil information.

2012 Colorado Rockies Draft Picks

BOLD – Drafted from College

Italics – Drafted from HS/Other

David Dahl – OF – HS (AL) (10th Overall, 1st Round) – Committed to Auburn

6’2” and 185 Pounds – 04/01/1994

B/T: L/R

Although he’s committed to the University of Auburn, Dahl was wanted by many teams early in the draft as a member of a group of talented high school outfielders. Dahl worked out for the Rockies earlier this year. In addition to the Rockies, Dahl visited the Mets, Cardinals and Nationals, and worked out for the Pirates. But when he worked out for the Rockies, he hit nine batting-practice home runs and ran a personal-best 6.4 seconds in the 60-yard dash. “I honestly fell in love with it out there,” Dahl told the Birmingham News. “Colorado is a great place to live and just seemed like a nice place to be. The big thing is that park and that field is with how the ball carries. It would just be an awesome park to play in.”

 Eddie Butler – RHP – Radford (46th overall, Comp. Round A)

6’2” and 165 Pounds – 3/13/1991

S/R

Butler, 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds, went 7-4 with a 2.20 ERA and struck out 85 in 98 innings, covering 14 starts this season. Butler was named co-pitcher of the year in the Big South Conference. Some analysts have said Butler could be developed as a reliever, but Rockies Vice President-Scouting Bill Schmidt said there is no reason to change Butler, whose fastball has been clocked at 97 mph. Butler’s season included three complete games and two shutouts, and he held opponents to a .213 batting average, second-lowest among Big South starters. Butler shared Big South pitching honors with Coastal Carolina reliever Aaron Burk.

 Max White – OF – HS (FL) (73rd overall, 2nd Round)

6’2” and 175 Pounds – 10/10/1993

L/L

Scouts like White’s tools in center, as he is a consistent 6.5-second runner over 60 yards with improving instincts. He was named to the 2012 Florida All-Region team. The 19-year-old White, a University of Florida signee, hit .407 his senior season, with five homers and 24 RBIs. White also had a .968 fielding percentage in 29 games, 24 of which he started in the outfield.

 Tom Murphy – C –University of Buffalo (105th Overall, 3rd Round)

6’1” and 220 Pounds – 04/03/1991

R/R

Murphy’s best offensive tool is his power. He has very good bat speed with an ability to hit the ball out anywhere. Murphy has a good approach, but there is some concern about his ability to make consistent enough contact to tap into that pop. Murphy batted .311 last season for the Bulls, hitting 13 home runs while driving in 51 runs. He played in 56 games, all starts behind the plate, garnering a fielding percentage of .992 and tallying three errors on the year.

 Ryan Warner – RHP – HS (CO) (128th Overall, Comp. Round B)- Committed to North Carolina State

6’7” and 195 Pounds – 1/21/1994

L/R

Warner batted .493 with six home runs and 31 RBI this past season, leading his school to the second round of the Class 5A state tournament. A returning Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Denver Post, he produced a .971 slugging percentage and .611 on-base percentage in addition to scoring 32 runs. Colorado’s Gatorade Player of the Year and North Carolina State signee, Warner,  also went 7-1 with a strikeout-per-inning ratio of 1.74.

 Seth Willoughby – RHP – Xavier (138th Overall, 4th Round)

6’2” and 190 Pounds – 6/28/1990

R/R

Willoughby was the closer last season for the Musketeers and earned 12 saves in 25 appearances while having an impressive 1.01 earned run average and 2-1 record. Xavier was undefeated when leading after 7 innings, with Willoughby’s strong relief playing a key role. In 35.2 innings pitched the righty tallied 44 strikeouts while walking 12 and allowing four earned runs all season. Willoughby is Xavier’s all-time saves leader with 28. He’d have one more year of eligibility if he chooses not to sign with the Rockies, which is unlikely.

 Matthew Wessinger – SS – St.John’s (NY) (168th Overall, 5th Round)

5’11” and 190 Pounds – 9/20/1990

R/R

Wessinger led the Red Storm in hitting his senior season, batting .353 in 61 games, all starts, while stealing 34 bases in 36 attempts. Helping lead St. John’s to a 40-21 record, Wessinger hit six home runs and drove in 47 runs on the year. He also drew 34 walks while earning an on-base percentage of .442 and tallying 84 hits on the season.  Wessinger was drafted in the 37th round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Wessinger had a team-high 22 errors, so a switch to a less-demanding position like second base is a possibility.

Matt Carasiti – RHP – St.John’s (NY) (198th Overall, 6th Round)

6’3” and 205 Pounds – 7/23/1991

R/R

In 18 appearances and 14 starts, Carasiti went 7-5 with a 3.98 earned run average. The righty threw 83.2 innings last year and recorded 64 strikeouts and walking 31 and having a .274 batting average against. Carasiti has started for St. John’s but has had more success as a closer. He has good command and won’t walk many batters but will mostly pitch to contact and won’t get many strikeouts. Unlike his teammate Wessinger, Carasiti — chosen with the No. 198 pick — has some leverage with the Rockies, as he still has a year of collegiate eligibility remaining.

 Wilfredo Rodriguez – C – Puerto Rico Baseball Academy HS (PR) (228th Overall, 7th Round) – Committed to Seminole State College

5’10” and 202 Pounds – 1/25/1994

R/R

Rodriguez has good feet, running many 60-yard-dashes in under seven seconds, which is good for a catcher. He has good arm strength, is very accurate and his footwork is also solid. His swing is simple and produces line drives, but he does bar his front arm and has a difficult time with good pitches on the outer half. The 5’10″ Rodriguez hits from the right side of the plate and is viewed as a project player by most scouting reports.

 Derek Jones – OF – Washington State (258th Overall, 8th Round)

6’0” and 210 Pounds – 6/3/1990

L/L

The WSU career home run record holder (41), Jones led the Cougar offense with a .335 batting average and a .438 on-base percentage. He was also second on the team in home runs with 9 and 45 runs batted in while starting all 55 games he appeared in. Jones was named to the 2012 All-Pac-12 Conference Baseball Team after earning honorable mentions in 2010 and 2011. He ranks on the Washington State all-time top 10 in total bases (third), hit by pitch (tied-fourth), RBI (fifth), at bats (fifth), games (seventh), outfield assists (tied-seventh), runs (ninth) and hits (10th).

 Zach Jemiola – RHP – HS (CA) (288th Overall, 9th Round) – Committed to UC Riverside

6’3” and 200 Pounds – 4/6/1994

L/R

In 23 1/3 innings pitched in 2012, Jemiola held opponents to a .173 batting average but also had an ERA of 5.40. He struck out 24 and walked 25. Jemiola had pledged to attend UC Riverside.

 Ben Waldrip – 1B – Jacksonville State (318th Overall, 10th Round)

6’6” and 240 Pounds – 6/27/1990

L/L

Waldrip started all 53 appearances he made for Jacksonville State in his senior year last season, batting .330 and hitting 18 home runs with 61 runs batted in. The lefty also had an on-base percentage of .410 and a slugging percentage of .660, earning 23 walks and tallying 140 total bases, 19 more than his next highest teammate. Waldrip also had a .985 fielding percentage while committing seven errors and recording 453 putouts last season.

 Trevor “TJ” Oakes – RHP – Minnesota (348th Overall, 11th Round)

6’5” and 210 Pounds – 7/15/1990

R/R

Drafted in the 41st round by the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Oakes opted to stay in state play for his father Todd, who is the pitching coach for the Golden Gophers. Oakes had a 7-3 record in 14 appearances, all starts, twice going the distance. His 2.31 was the best on the team among starters while he struck out 78 and walked just 15, recording a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.2 in 97.1 innings pitched on the year.

Correlle Prime – 1B – HS (FL) (378th Overall, 12th Round) – Committed to State College of Florida

6’5” and 200 Pounds – 2/18/1994

R/R

Prime, a right-handed prospect from Manatee High School in Florida carried the team as a pitcher this spring, but it’s his bat the Rockies are most interested in. As a junior (his senior stats are thus far unavailable), Prime hit .398 with 30 RBIs.

Kyle Von Tungeln – OF – Texas Christian (408th Overall, 13th Round)

5’10” and 180 Pounds – 9/18/1990

L/L

TCU is still playing, recently advancing to the Super Regionals, but Von Tungeln’s stats right now include a .301/.442/.521 slash line, two homers and 24 RBIs. He has only grounded into one double play all season and has drawn as many walks as he has strikeouts (42). Von Tungeln is a junior.

 Shane Broyles – RHP – Texas Tech (438th Overall, 14th Round)

6’1” and 180 Pounds – 8/19/1991

R/R

Broyles, a 6’1″ right-handed pitcher, came on in relief in 18 of his 23 appearances, recording a 2-2 record to go with a 4.42 ERA — in 57 innings pitched, he allowed 28 runs. Broyles was better as a sophomore at Seminole State J.C., where he finished with a 2.81 ERA and a 7-1 record.

 Scott Oberg – RHP – University of Connecticut (468th Overall, 15th Round)

6’2” and 205 Pounds – 3/13/1990

R/R

With their last pick of the second day (No. 468), the Rockies have drafted Scott Oberg, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Connecticut. All 22 of Oberg’s appearances were in relief last season. His .99 ERA jumps out, as does the .154 average he held opposing batters to. Oberg had nine saves, as well as a 5-0 record. He struck out about one batter an inning and allowed just two extra-base hits (both doubles). Oberg is a junior.

 Jeffrey Popick – OF – Mesa State College (498th Overall, 16th Round)

6’3” and 220 Pounds – 6/17/1989

R/R

A national semi-finalist for the Tino Martinez Award in 2011, which goes to the best collegiate D-II baseball player in the country, Popick followed up last season with a solid 2012. This year Popick batted .424 in his 52 games, all starts, hitting a team-leading seven home runs and driving in 65 runs. He also struck out just 16 times in 184 at-bats while earning a .524 on-base percentage.

 Jason Stolz – SS – Clemson (528th Overall, 17th Round)

6’1” and 190 Pounds – 3/21/1990

R/R

A co-captain of the Clemson Tigers in 2012, Stolz is known for his defense more than his offense, earning a .985 fielding percentage and making four errors in 64 games, all starts, at various infield positions. At the plate Stolz batted .270 while hitting seven home runs and driving in 27.

Aaron Jones – C – Oregon (558th Overall, 18th Round)

6’1” and 200 Pounds – 4/14/1991

R/R

Jones batted .303 in 53 appearances, 52 of which starts, while hitting 6 home runs and driving in 39 runs. He also committed just two errors behind the plate, earning a fielding percentage of .985. Jones was the team’s number one catcher as the Ducks went 45-17 in 2012.

Kyle Newton – 3B – Florida Atlantic (588th Overall, 19th Round)

5’11” and 185 Pounds – 7/3/1990

R/R

Newton transferred to Florida Atlantic after having success at South Florida community college. This past season, he hit .311 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 34 RBIs for FAU. In his 54 starts, Newton also struck out 51 times in 219 at-bats while earning an on-base percentage of .364.

Anthony Seise – LHP – HS (FL) (618th Overall, 20th Round)

6’1” and 188 Pounds – 2/23/1993

R/L

He has signed with State of Florida College, formerly known as Manatee Community College.

Rayan Gonzalez – RHP – Bethune-Cookman (648th Overall, 21st Round)

6’4” and 210 Pounds – 10/18/1990

R/R

The ace of the staff, Gonzalez led the Bethune-Cookman pitching staff with a 2.15 earned run average and 9-2 record in 15 starts this season. He tallied 92 total innings pitched and three complete games, two of which were shutouts. Gonzalez also struck out 82 while walking just 21 on the year while recording a .232 batting average against. He missed the early part of his junior year with a shoulder injury.

Jordan Mejia – RHP – Riverside CC (678th Overall, 22nd Round)

6’2” and 190 Pounds – 4/6/1991

R/R

Mejia appeared in 12 games, eight of which starts, earning a 4-2 record with a 1.89 earned run average. He tallied 52.1 innings pitched on the year while striking out 33 and walking 24.

Andrew Brown – RHP – Akron (708th Overall, 23rd Round)

6’2” and 195 Pounds – 11/11/1989

R/R

As a senior, Univeristy of Akron righty Andrew Brown went 6-8 in 14 starts with a 3.19 earned run average. He also recorded 67 strikeouts and 28 walks in 98 innings pitched, on his way to owning the school’s innings pitched record.  He had six complete games on the year, two of which were shutouts.

Michael Mason – LHP – Marshall (738th Overall, 24th Round)

6’3” and 190 Pounds – 4/3/1990

R/L

Mason went 4-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 14 starts at Marshall this past season. He ended his career with 217 strikeouts which ranks fourth in Marshall history. He also ranks second on Marshall’s list of career starts (48) and fifth in innings pitched (261.1).

Alec Mehrten – SS – Fresno Pacific U (768th Overall, 25th Round)

6’3” and 190 Pounds – 7/24/1990

R/R

Alec Mehrten earned Golden State Athletic Conference honors by hitting .304 and posting a .932 fielding percentage as a senior. He started 52 games, driving in 28 runs and hitting two home runs.

Adam Paulencu – RHP – Embry-Riddle University (798th Overall, 26th Round)

6’4” and 205 Pounds – 11/17/1990

R/R

Right-handed pitcher Adam Paulencu went 8-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 17 games, including 14 starts, with 73 strikeouts against 25 walks for Embry-Riddle University, a NAIA school in Florida.

Matthew Flemer – RHP – California (828th Overall, 27th Round)

6’2” and 210 Pounds – 11/22/1990

R/R

Cal right-hander Matt Flemer, a 19th-round choice of the Royals last year, was 7-5 in 16 appearances, 15 starts, with a 2.58 earned run average. He totaled 111.2 total innings pitched while striking out 66 and walking 15.

 Justin “Ryan” Arrowood – RHP – Appalachian State (858th Overall, 28th Round)

6’3” and 190 Pounds – 8/24/1990

R/R

Appalachian State right-hander went 11-0 with a 3.81 ERA in 16 starts, and won a whopping 28 games in his collegiate career.  He started 16 games his senior season, tallying 99.1 innings pitched and a .242 batting average against.

Patrick Hutcheson – 2B – Fresno State (888th Overall, 29th Round)

5’10” and 185 Pounds – 10/9/1989

L/R

Fresno State second baseman Patrick Hutcheson hit .290 with five home runs and 30 RBIs to earn second team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. He also stole 13 bases in 17 attempts and led the Bulldogs in hits with 67.

Trent Blank – RHP – Baylor (918th Overall, 30th Round)

6’2” and 190 Pounds – 8/31/1989

R/R

Trent Blank, a right-handed pitcher, is a big reason why Baylor is playing in the Super-Regionals this weekend. The senior went 10-1 with a 2.32 ERA and held opponents to a .240 batting average while helping lead the Bears to a 48-15 record. He totaled 97 innings pitched last season, striking out 56 and walking 24.

Shawn Stuart – RHP – Cal State Long Beach (948th Overall, 31st Round)

6’3” and 210 Pounds – 12/26/1988

R/R

The Rockies have done well with the Long Beach State pipeline (Troy Tulowitzki) and they go to it again, picking right-handed pitcher Shawn Stuart, who was 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA, holding opponents to a .213 batting average. He started 14 games, throwing 92.1 innings and striking out 69 and walking 32.

Austin Simcox – SS – HS (TN) (978th Overall, 32nd Round)

6’3” and 180 Pounds – 6/22/1994

R/R

Ryan Garvey – RF – Riverside CC (1,008th Overall, 33rd Round)

6’1” and 190 Pounds – 3/30/1993

R/R

Ryan Garvey, son of Dodgers great Steve Garvey, transferred from Southern Cal to Riverside Community College three months into his freshman year in order to focus more on baseball and be eligible for the draft after just one season. Garvey, who was drafted by the Phillies in the 15th round last year, hit .261 with 22 RBIs.

Chris Cowell – C – Richmond (1,038th Overall, 34th Round)

6’4” and 215 Pounds – 12/23/1989

R/R

Chris Cowell, a 6’4″ catcher from the University of Richmond, had a .643 slugging percentage with 20 homers and 58 RBIs last season. He batted .271 in 56 games and had an on-base percentage of .387.

Justin Solomon – 2B – HS (NM) (1,068th Overall, 35th Round)

5’9” and 165 Pounds – 8/19/1994

R/R

Kevin Bradley – SS – HS (NJ) (1,098th Overall, 36th Round)

6’0” and 180 Pounds – 1/9/1994

S/R

Casey Burns – 3B – HS (CO) (1,128th Overall, 37th Round)

6’3” and 185 Pounds – 9/30/1993

R/R

Dansby Swanson – SS – HS (GA) (1,158th Overall, 38th Round)

6’0” and 170 Pounds – 2/11/1994

R/R

 Justin Dillon – RHP – HS (CA) (1,188th Overall, 39th Round)

6’3” and 220 Pounds – 9/5/1993

R/R

 Brandon Montalvo – C – HS (TX) (1,218th Overall, 40th Round)

6’1” and 185 Pounds – 3/25/1994

R/R

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