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2011 Draft = Tough for the Rockies

Posted By Brett Pietrzak On Jun 6 2011 @ 3:53 pm In Colorado Rockies | No Comments

Well the MLB Amatuer Draft is right around the corner and the Rockies have some decisions to make. The Rockies will pick 20th in this years draft. Here are, in my eyes, the best players that may be available:

1. Mikie Mahtook OF LSU
Mahtook is the best outfielder in the draft in my eyes and he would be a great upgrade to Seth Smith. Mikie is an outstanding prospect with power potential to all fields who thrives as the Tigers’ starting centerfielder in 2011; played in right field in 2010 after starting in center field in 2009 as a true freshman. He began the ’09 season as a reserve outfielder, but became a fixture in the LSU lineup beginning on March 25 versus Harvard. He helped lead the U.S. Collegiate National Team to the silver medal at the 2010 World University Championships in Tokyo. He also hit .271 during USA’s 19-game summer schedule with two doubles, one triple, one homer, 11 runs and 10 steals in 11 attempts.He is curently rated the No. 14 pro prospect on the 2010 Team USA squad by Baseball America magazine He was rated the No. 1 pro prospect in the 2009 Prospect League by Baseball America. His ups are that generates excellent bat speed and he is a superb runner that covers ground in the outfield with tremendous arm strength.

2. Tyler Anderson LHP Oregon

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Control is a huge issue with Rockies bullpen pitching. With one great pitch, Anderson could probably already step in as a left-handed specialist in a bullpen. His fastball is passable enough to get by with just those two pitches, which makes this his floor. However, his funky delivery and the way his arm has to play catchup to the rest of his delivery means he’s at an increased risk for injury. Anderson’s fastball velocity will limit his upside, but one thing that has to give Anderson’s supporters hope is Cliff Lee. Anderson’s control isn’t nearly as good as Lee, but that model is what’ll get him to the top of some rotation some day, if he develops

3. George Springer OF UCONN
[3]This may be a long shot but, if he falls the Rockies would love to have him. Springer stepped right into the UConn Huskies lineup as a freshman appearing in 56 games as he hit .358 with 16 homers and driving in 57 runs. He was solid on the basepaths also swiping 12 bases in 15 attempts. The Big East Conference named him the Rookie of the Year as he was the first UConn player ever to receive the award. He was also named a Freshman All-American by Pro-Line Athletic and a Louisville Slugger.

4. C.J. Cron 1B Utah
Cron is a tremendous hitter that could be a great fit as Todd Heltons replacement. Cron certainly made his mark with the Utes. He leaves the program with school records in career batting average (.396) and RBIs (198). Last season, Cron led the nation with a slugging percentage of .803 and ranked in the top 10 in batting average (.434), doubles (26), on-base percentage (.571) and total bases (159).

5. Alex Meyer RHP Kentucky
  [5] Alex Meyer would be an unbelievable compliment to Ubaldo Jiminez with his great stuff. Meyer has the upside scouts dream about. Meyer is a big 6-9, 220  right-hander out of the University of Kentucky. Meyer was drafted in the 20th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and he was offered 2 million dollars before elected to head to the University of Kentucky. The Red Sox realized his enormous potential, and were willing to make a 2 million dollar gamble to develop him and attempt to maximize his ability. As you would expect from his big frame, Meyers throws in the mid-90′s with his four-seam fastball with some nice late movement, but his fastball is not even his best pitch. He also features a nearly unhittable slider in the mid- to high-80′s that looks like a strike before suddenly breaking out of the zone and making hitters look bad as they flail and miss by a couple of feet with their swings.

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