The Colorado Rockies made their first five selections in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
Here's the rundown:
First round — 11th pick, Tyler Matzen, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS, Calif. A fastball that tops out at 95 mph and two solid breaking pitches.
Supplemental round — 32nd pick, Timothy Wheeler, CF, Cal St. Sacramento. Tall (6-foot-4), rangy and fast, but not much power.
Supplemental round — 34th pick, Rex Brothers, LHP, Lipscomb University. Can touch 96-97 mph on the gun and his mechanics improved dramatically over the past year.
Second round — 59th pick, Nolan Arenado, 3B, El Toro HS, Calif. Plays SS in HS, but projects as 3B or catcher in pro ball. Good bat with a lot of raw power.
Third round — 90th pick, Benjamin Paulsen, 1B, Clemson University. At 6-4, he provides a good target at first base. Good speed for a corner infielder and a smooth fielder.
First and foremost, nobody has signed yet. We'll start hearing more about that in the next few weeks. But assuming these players do sign, here's where you might expect to see them.
You rarely see players drafted directly out of high school in the Northwest League, so you aren't going to see Matzen or Arenado in a Dust Devils uniform this season. Lately, the Rockies have sent some of their higher draft choices to Tri-Cities to begin the season. That means there is a good possibility Dust Devils fans could see at least two — and maybe all — of the three between Wheeler, Brothers and Paulsen.
I don't know that Tri-City manager Freddie Ocasio has ever had the luxury of NOT worrying about who's playing first at Gesa Stadium. After being spoiled by Christian Friedrich last season, I would welcome the sight of another strong-armed left-hander (Brothers) anchoring the Dust Devils' staff.