Track the Rockies Day 2 Draft Picks
Today’s blog is being updated by Trey Scott, an associate reporter at MLB.com
Second round: The Rockies began their second day of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft with the selection of Max White (No. 73 overall), a 6’2”, 180-lb. centerfielder from Williston High School of Williston, Florida.
White is the second outfielder the Rockies have chosen in the draft.
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.
Third round: For the second year in a row, the Rockies chose a catcher in the third round, taking Tom Murphy (No. 105 overall) of the University of Buffalo.
The right-handed Murphy boasts a lot of power. As a junior in 2012, he cranked 13 home runs and brought in 51 runs for a slash line of .311/.396/.616. Murphy, the 2011 MAC Player of the Year, has one season of eligibility left, but it’s likely he ends up a Rockie.
Compensation B Pick: That aforementioned catcher who was drafted last year in the third? Because the Rockies couldn’t sign that pick — Peter O’Brien — they picked up a compensation pick (No. 128). And with it, they took a local kid: Ryan Warner, a right-handed pitcher from Pine Creek High School Colorado Springs.
Colorado’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Warner, a North Carolina State signee, went 7-1 with a strikeout-per-inning ratio of 1.74. The 6’7″ Warner tossed a no-hitter and a one-hitter in his final year at Pine Creek.
Fourth round: The pick of Seth Willoughby at No. 138 makes it two consecutive right-handed pitchers for the Rockies. A reliever at Xavier, Willoughby appeared in 25 games, posting a fantastic 1.01 ERA in 35 2/3 innings pitched. The junior notched 12 saves and finished with a 3.6 strikeout-t0-walk ratio.
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.
Fifth round: Despite Troy Tulowitzki’s presence in the Majors and Trevor Story — a first-rounder last year — doing well in the minors, the Rockies used the No. 168 overall pick on a shortstop, Matthew Wessinger. The Royals drafted Wessinger in the 37th round last year, but he chose to return for his senior season at St. John’s in New York, where he drastically improved his draft stock by hitting .353 with six homers and 47 RBIs.
Wessinger had a team-high 22 errors, so a switch to a less-demanding position like second base is a possibility.
Sixth round: The Rockies take another player from St. John’s, this time Matt Carasiti, a right-handed pitcher. Carasiti started in 14 of his 18 appearances, compiling a 7-5 record and a 3.98 ERA. He struck out 64 in 83 2/3 innings pitched, and walked 31. Carasiti did not give up a home run.
According to the Baseball America scouting report, Carasiti’s low-90s fastball “won’t blow anyone away but plays up because of good command.” 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.
Seventh round: The Rockies go catcher again with Puerto Rico Baseball Academy’s Wilfredo Rodriguez at No. 228. The 5’10″ Rodriguez hits from the right side of the plate and is viewed as a project player by most scouting reports.
Eighth round: Derek Jones, a lefty-hitting outfielder from Washington State, is the pick here at No. 258. As a senior, Jones had an impressive slash line — .335/.438/.574 — with nine homers and 45 RBIs. He was named to the 2012 All-Pac-12 Conference Baseball Team.
Ninth round: At No. 288, the Rockies nabbed Zach Jemiola, a right-handed pitcher from Great Oak High School in California. 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.
Tenth round: The Rockies select their first first baseman of the draft and like Todd Helton, Ben Waldrip (No. 398) is a lefty. A junior at Jacksonville State, Waldrip hit .344 with 46 RBIs and a team-best 10 home runs.
Eleventh round: Right-handed pitcher TJ Oakes from Minnesota is the pick here (No. 348). Oakes had a 7-3 record for the Golden Gophers, twice going the distance. His 2.31 was the best on the team among starters and he boasted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.2
Oakes has one year of eligibility remaining. His father, Todd, is the pitching coach at Minnesota, so it’ll be interesting to see if that factors into the decision-making process.
Twelfth Round: Colorado takes its second first baseman in three rounds. Correlle Prime, a 6’5″ right-handed prospect from Manatee High School in Florida carried the team as a pitcher this spring — tossing two shutouts in one week — 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.
Prime — selected with the No. 378 pick — is a State College of Florida signee.
Thirteenth Round: Left-handed centerfielder Kyle Von Tungeln out of Texas Christian (No. 408) makes it four outfielders drafted by the Rockies. 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.
Fourteenth Round: The Rockies again tap into the state of Texas, this time taking Shane Broyles (No. 438) out of Texas Tech. 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.
Fifteenth Round: 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.