Track the Rockies Day 3 Draft Picks
Today’s blog is being updated by Trey Scott, an associate reporter at MLB.com
Round 16 (No. 498): With their first pick of Day 3 of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Rockies selected Jeffrey Popick, a leftfielder from Colorado Mesa. Popick had a .424/.524/.663 slash line his senior year, drove in 65 RBIs and recored 27 extra-base hits.
Round 17 (No. 528): Clemson catcher Jason Stolz, who played multiple infield positions in college and hit .270 with seven homers his senior season.
Round 18 (No. 558): Another catcher, Aaron Jones of Oregon, a draft-eligible sophomore. He hit .303 and drove in 39 runs this past season.
Round 19 (No. 588): Kyle Newton, a 5-11, 185-pound third basman, 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.
Round 20 (No. 618): Anthony Seise is a lanky (6-3, 185) left-hander who played at West Orange (Fla.) High School. He has signed with State of Florida College, formerly known as Manatee Community College.
Round 21 (No. 648): Right-hander Ryan Gonzalez was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year in 2012, when he led Bethune-Cookman to NCAA Regional play as a senior by going 9-2 with a 2.14 ERA — a big bounce-back after missing the early part of his junior year with a shoulder injury. His father played briefly in the Red Sox’s organization.
Round 22 (No. 678): Jordan Mejia is a 6-2, 185-pound right-hander who helped Riverside (Calif.) Community College to Southern California Super Regional play.
Round 23 (No. 708): As a senior, Univeristy of Akron senior Andrew Brown went 6-8 wtih a 3.19 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 98 innings pitched. Brown owns the school’s innings pitched record.
Round 24 (738): Marshall lefty Mike Mason opened some eyes last summer in the Northwoods League by striking out 11 in 10 1/3 innings for Madison (Wisc.). He went 4-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 14 starts at Marshall this past season.
Round 25 (768): Fresno Pacific Univeristy shortstop Alec Mehrten earned Golden State Athletic Conference honors by hitting .304 and posting a .932 fielding percentage as a senior.
Round 26 (798): Adam Paulencu is a right-handed pitcher who was drafted by the Giants last year in the 13th round. The senior went 8-3 with a 2.86 ERA, and had a 1.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio with Embry-Riddle University in 2012.
Round 27 (828): Matt Flemer was drafted in the 19th round after helping California to an improbable College World Series berth in 2011. This year, the right-handed pitcher held opponents to a .242 batting average and allowed 32 earned runs in 111 2/3 innings (2.58 ERA.
Round 28 (858): The Rockies are loading up on right-handed pitchers as Justin Arrowood becomes the third such prospect taken in a row. Arrowood had a perfect record in 2012, finishing 11-0 with a 3.81 ERA.
Round 29 (888): Patrick Hutcheson is a lefty-hitting second baseman from Fresno State who hit .290 with five homers and 13 stolen bases.
Round 30 (918): 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.
Round 31 (948): 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.
Round 32 (978): Austin Simcox, a 6’3″ shortstop from Farragut High School in Tennessee. Simcox bats and throws right-handed.
Round 33 (1008): 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.
Round 34 (1038): Chris Cowell, a 6’4″ catcher from the University of Richmond, had a .643 slugging percentage with 20 homers and 58 RBIs.
Round 35 (1068): Justin Solomon, a right-handed second baseman from Piedra Vista High School in New Mexico.
Round 36 (1098): Kevin Bradley, a switch-hitting shortstop from Hopewell Valley in New Jersey.
Round 37 (1128): Casey Burns, a right-handed third baseman from Grand Junction High School. Burns has signed at St Mary’s in California.
Round 38 (1158): Dansby Swanson, a shortstop from Marietta High School in Georgia, is considered a likely candidate to pass up the draft no matter the round — he’s a Vanderbilt signee. According to the scouting report, Swanson has “very little power, but makes consistent, solid contact.”
Round 39 (1188): Justin Dillon, an 18-year old right-handed pitcher from El Dorado High in California. Dillon has signed at Sacramento State.
Round 40 (1218): With their final pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Rockies selected Brandon Montalvo, a catcher from Langham Creek High School in Texas. Montalvo has signed with Blinn College.