The Colorado Rockies made two solid moves on Thursday during the first night of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Draft grades can be really, truly silly because it is impossible to know how these picks will work out. What we can do, however, is look at the process and decide if the move made sense at the time.
At the present moment, both Rockies’ selections make a lot of sense. With the no. 8 overall pick, the Rockies added Colorado native Kyle Freeland. Later in the night they used the no. 35 overall selection on second baseman Forrest Wall.
Wall is 18 years old. The 6’1″, 180 pound infielder hails from Maitland, FL. He is considered a good hitter and a guy whose draft stock might have fallen because of a shoulder injury.
Here is a roundup from some of the action on social media from those who know after the Rockies made the selection.
— ftbteams (@ftbteams) June 6, 2014
Forrest Wall, love the pick. If he had an arm, he’d have been a top 20 pick.
— David Hood (@davidchood) June 6, 2014
You can also read David Hood’s thoughts on the pick over at Purple Row.
Kiley McDaniel of Scout.com had Wall rated much higher than no. 35. In turn, he loved this pick for the Rockies.
The guy I disagreed with the industry over the most, 2B Forrest Wall, just went 35th to COL and I had him 16th on my board. Total steal.
— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) June 6, 2014
Nick Faleris over at Baseball Prospectus notes that Wall’s stock was hurt by the aforementioned injury and by some limitations defensively (subscription required). That said, Wall’s hit tool projects very nicely, both in terms of his ability to make contact and to hit for some power.
The Rockies picked a guy because they expect him to hit; they will figure out the rest later. I love that kind of pick, and it sounds like the Rockies got a top bat with this selection.
To get a glimpse of Wall, here is a prospect video from Baseball Prospectus.