Rockies make 17 selections through first two days of MLB draft

DENVER – The Colorado Rockies have made 17 selections through the first 15 rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The draft will conclude with rounds 16-40 tomorrow, beginning at 10:00 a.m. MDT.

Overall in the draft, the Rockies have selected eight pitchers, two catchers, three infielders, and four outfielders. All eight of the pitchers the Rockies have selected are right-handed pitchers.

With their first selection, 10th overall, the Rockies selected outfielder David Dahl out of Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, AL. Dahl was rated the 12th overall player available for the draft by Baseball America.

“We have closely followed David Dahl throughout this process and we are pleased to add him to the organization,” said Rockies Vice President of Scouting Bill Schmidt. “He is an athlete that we believe has the opportunity to develop into a productive player in our organization.”

Dahl, 18, is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound outfielder who throws right and bats left. In his senior season for Oak Mountain he batted .412 (35-for-84) with 11 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs, 17 RBI and 18 stolen bases. In addition to being rated the 12th-best prospect available for the draft by Baseball America he was also the top prospect from the state of Alabama. Dahl was rated the third-best outfield prospect in the draft and fifth-best position player by the same publication.

Dahl is the second outfielder the Rockies have taken with their first overall selection in the last three years. Colorado selected Kyle Parker in the first round in 2010. Dahl is the first high school outfielder the Rockies have ever selected with their first overall selection of the First-Year Player Draft.

With the 46th overall pick of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Colorado Rockies selected right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler out of Radford University (Va.). Butler was rated as the top overall player in the draft from the state of Virginia by Baseball America.

Butler, 21, is a 6-foot-2, 165-pound right-handed pitcher. Butler went 7-4 with a 2.20 ERA (98.0 ip, 24 er), 23 walks and 95 strikeouts in 14 starts for Radford in 2012. Butler was rated by Baseball America as the 85th-best player in the draft by Baseball America. He was the Big South Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2012. Butler is the highest drafted player from Radford University since Phil Leftwich was taken 64th overall in the 1990 draft.  

ROCKIES SELECTIONS IN 2011 MLB FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT, DAY ONE (2)

Round

Name

Pos.

B/T

Ht-Wt.

DOB

School

Scout

1 (10)

David Dahl

OF

L/R

6’2”-185

4/1/1994

Oak Mountain HS (AL)

Ianelli

1S (46)

Eddie Butler

RHP

R/R

6’2”-165

3/13/1991

Radford University (VA)

J. Matthews

 

The Rockies selected 15 players on day two of the draft today. Below is information on the Rockies picks from round 2-5, followed by a list of the remainder of the Rockies selections from rounds 6-15.

Notes from Rockies Draft Picks Rounds 2-5:

Max White, OF: Rockies second round selection / 73rd overall out of Williston High School in Florida
White, 18, 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, is an outfielder from Williston High School in Williston, FL. In his senior season at Williston, White hit .416 with 3 doubles, 5 triples, 5 home runs, 23 RBI and 34 stolen bases. White was rated the 111th-best prospect in the draft by Baseball America and the 19th-best prospect from the state of Florida. The University of Florida signee was also rated the 24th-best outfielder in the draft by Baseball America.

Tom Murphy, C: Rockies third round selection / 105th overall out of the University of Buffalo
Murphy, 21, 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, is a catcher from the University of Buffalo. In his junior season at Buffalo, Murphy hit .311 (68-for-219) with 20 doubles, 4 triples, 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 56 games for the Bulls. The catcher had a .616 slugging percentage and a .396 on-base percentage in 2012. The 13 home runs set the University of Buffalo single-season home run record. Murphy was rated the 65th-best player in the draft by Baseball America, as well as the top player from the state of New York. He was also rated the fifth-best catcher in the draft by Baseball America. Murphy was a first team All-MAC selection in 2012.

Ryan Warner, RHP: Rockies third round supplemental selection / 128th overall out of Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, CO
Warner, 18, 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds, is a right-handed pitcher from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, CO. Warner is the first high school player from the state of Colorado selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The right-handed pitcher was an All-Colorado Player as well as the Gatorade State Player of the Year during his 2012 season at Pine Creek. Warner went 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA (51.1 ip, 19 er), with just 16 walks and 89 strikeouts for the state-semifinalist Pine Creek baseball team.

Seth Willoughby, RHP: Rockies fourth round selection / 138th overall out of Xavier University
Willoughby, 21, 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, is a right-handed pitcher from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Willoughby was originally a two-way player for Xavier before being moved strictly to relief. In his Junior season at Xavier, Willoughby went 2-1 with 12 saves, a 1.01 ERA (35.2 ip, 4 er), 12 walks and 44 strikeouts in 25 games, all in relief, for the Musketeers. Willoughby was rated the 115th-best prospect in the draft by Baseball America, as well as the 2nd-best player overall from the state of Ohio by the same publication. Willoughby was named to the second-team All-Atlantic 10 team as well as academic All-Conference honors in his Junior season in 2012.

Matthew Wessinger, INF: Rockies fifth round selection / 168th overall out of St. Johns University
Wessinger, 21, 5-foor-11 and 180 pounds, is a middle infielder from St. Johns University in New York. In his senior season at St. Johns, Wessinger has batted .353 (84-for-238) with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 47 RBI in 61 games for the Super-Regional Bound Red Storm. Wessinger has also stolen 34 bases in 36 attempts and drawn 34 walks. His .353 batting average and .442 on-base percentage both led St. Johns in 2012. Wessinger was named to the Big-East All-Conference second team in 2012. 
 

ROUNDS 2-15 (15)

   Round

Name

Pos.

B/T

Ht-Wt.

DOB

School

Scout

2

Max White

OF

L/L

6’2”-175

10/10/1993

Williston HS (FL)

A. Matthews

3

Tom Murphy

C

R/R

6’1”-225

1/3/1991

University of Buffalo (NY)

Santa

3S

Ryan Warner

RHP

L/R

6’7”-185

1/21/1994

Pine Creek HS (CO)

Gustafson

4

Seth Willoughby

RHP

R/R

6’2”-190

6/28/1990

Xavier University (OH)

Santa

5

Matthew Wessinger

INF

R/R

5’11-180

9/20/1990

St. Johns University

Garlatti

6

Matthew Carasiti

RHP

R/R

6’3”-210

7/23/1991

St. Johns University

Garlatti

7

Wilfredo Rodriguez

C

R/R

5’10”-200

1/25/1994

P.R. Baseball Academy

Reyes

8

Derek Jones

OF

L/L

6’1”-205

6/3/1990

Washington St. University

Holcomb

9

Zach Jemiola

RHP

L/R

6’3”-200

4/6/1994

Temecula Valley HS (CA)

Lukens

10

Ben Waldrip

1B

L/L

6’6”-245

6/27/1990

Jacksonville State University

Ianelli

11

Trevor Oakes

RHP

R/R

6’5”-230

7/15/1990

University of Minnesota

Germann

12

Correlle Prime

1B

R/R

6’6”-210

2/18/1994

Manatee High School (FL)

Cedarburg

13

Kyle Von Tungeln

OF

L/L

5’10”-170

9/18/1990

Texas Christian University

Retzlaff

14

Shane Broyles

RHP

R/R

6’1”-180

8/19/1991

Texas Tech University

Retzlaff

15

Scott Oberg

RHP

R/R

6’2”-205

3/13/1990

University of Connecticut

Garlatti