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Jun 6, 2014 6:53 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Third-rounder Howard gives Rox second college arm

DENVER -- The Rockies made Georgia Southern left-hander Sam Howard their third-round choice, 82nd overall, in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

The Rockies took collegiate lefties with two of their first dour Draft picks. Evansville's Kyle Freeland, a Denver native, went in the first round, eighth overall.

Howard went 7-6 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts. His final appearance was a two-hitter to defeat powerhouse Florida State in NCAA Regional play. FSU coach Mike Martin was impressed.

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"We were totally dominated by Sam Howard, who did a beautiful job, a great job of pitching," Martin said in a story published by the Statesboro (Georgia) Herald newspaper. "We fought, and that's all you can ask from our club. You tip your hat to Georgia Southern, plain and simple. They were beautiful. They deserved to win."

Howard, 21, struck out 94 against 22 walks, and he held opponents to a .230 batting average.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 11 a.m. MT.

After impressing Rox, Rogers taken in Round 4

DENVER -- Wes Rogers picked a good time and an even better place for a big offensive performance.

Rogers, a 6-4, 195-pound center fielder from Spartanburg Methodist College, batted .585 with a home run during the recent Junior College World Series -- in Grand Junction, Colorado.

He could be back, real soon.

The Rockies selected Rogers in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday. As his team's leadoff hitter, Rogers batted .351 with an on-base percentage of .479, three triples, 18 doubles and 35 RBIs, and converted 26-of-29 stolen base attempts.

The Rockies didn't waste time zeroing in on Rogers, who has committed to North Carolina-Wilmington. After Spartanburg Methodist finished third in the tournament, the Rockies flew him to Scottsdale, Ariz., for a pre-Draft workout.

"I was a little nervous at first. Everyone out there was really, really good," Rogers told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal newspaper. "But I think I did OK. I hit pretty well, got a couple of home runs in batting practice, ran 60 [yards] in 6.4 [seconds] and I caught a bunch of fly balls."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 11 a.m. MT.

Rockies land late bloomer Padlo in Round 5

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Draft Report: Kevin Padlo, High School Third Baseman
DENVER -- Teams find good baseball players, as Murrietta Valley (California) High School senior third baseman Kevin Padlo has learned.

Padlo, 17, was the Rockies' fifth-round pick on Friday in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. But it's not as if his life has been a path to the Draft.

It wasn't until last summer, when Padlo had a strong performance in the Area Code Games.

Padlo was approached by scouts for the first time only this spring, while he became an elite prospect with an impressive showing at tryouts for the prestigious Area Code games last summer.

"One day I felt like no one even knows me, I was just looking for a college scholarship," Padlo told the Riverside (California) Press Enterprise newspaper. "Next thing I knew, there was colleges all over me and then Major League teams all over me. It happened super fast."

"Padlo was a bit of a surprise for us," said Sam Belovsky, his manager in the Area Code Games, in a story published by Baseball America Magazine. "Going through the tryout process, I didn't know much about him. He made a name for himself during the tryouts, and he's continued to showcase himself out here. He's a solid defender at third base, and he's got plenty of bat speed. And he's been making solid contact in the game. I think he's a guy we'll definitely be keeping an eye on.

"There are always those guys that come here and aren't really on the map yet, and he's one that I think guys are going to walk away having him on their list."

Padlo followed with a strong high school season at Murrietta Valley -- .329, two home runs, four triples, four doubles and 15 RBIs. He drew 26 walks in 26 games.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 11 a.m. MT.

Rox draft former Weiss-coached infielder in Round 6

DENVER -- The Rockies will select older players than infielder Max George, their sixth-round choice in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon. But when it comes to what it's like to play for Rockies manager Walt Weiss, George is a veteran.

George, 18, was the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year this past season at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Col. That happened to be where Weiss was coaching when the Rockies hired him before last season.

George, who has committed to Oregon State, has more than a working relationship with the Major League manager. This spring, George batted .458 with three home runs, 14 extra-base hits, 24 RBIs and a 1.356 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage).

The 6-foot, 175-pound George is a two-time All-State selection.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 11 a.m. MT.

Breakout star Weeks goes to Rox in seventh round

DENVER -- University of North Florida outfielder Drew Weeks, the Rockies' seventh-round pick Friday in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, is a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award -- for collegiate baseball's breakout player of the year.

Weeks' work since last summer is the definition of a breakout.

In his first two seasons at North Florida, Weeks produced batting averages of .287 and .298 -- not bad, but not star material.

However, last summer in the Northwoods League -- a college wood-bat league -- Weeks batted .310 in 261 at-bats, led the league with 67 RBIs, and had 10 home runs and 14 doubles for the Madison Mallards. He followed up with an even better collegiate season when he led the nation with a .430 batting average.



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