Colorado Rockies: A Full Look at Day 2’s Draft Selections

Jun 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of a Colorado Rockies banner during a sunset over Coors Field in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of a Colorado Rockies banner during a sunset over Coors Field in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Pitching took precedence for the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, the first day of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. On Friday, the Rockies snapped up some position players.

In all, five of Colorado’s eight picks from Friday’s Day 2 of the MLB Draft were position players, including their first four selections of the day.

Putting the first two days of the draft together, the Colorado Rockies tabbed nine college players, including six pitchers. Additionally, Colorado picked two high schoolers, including fourth overall pick Riley Pint on Friday night.

There are still plenty more selections for Colorado on Saturday as MLB’s annual amateur draft finishes up with rounds 11 through 40.

Here’s a look at Colorado’s selections from Friday…

Third round

Garret Hampson, SS

A junior from Long Beach State University, Hampson was drafted with the 81st overall pick. The Reno, Nev. native batted .306 (75-for-245) with 13 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 26 RBI and 23 stolen bases in the 2016 season. The right-handed hitting 21-year-old started every game and played every inning at shortstop in his three seasons at Long Beach. He was a three-time All-Big West selection, the 2016 Big West Defensive Player of the Year and was the 2014 Big West Freshman of the Year. His 213 career hits at Long Beach rank seventh all-time. The 5-foot-11-inch, 175-pounder was previously drafted in the 26th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals.

Fourth round

Colton Welker, 3B

The 18-year-old Welker was chosen with the 110th overall pick out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The 6-foot, 205-pound right-hander was named the Sun Sentinel 2016 Florida Player of the Year after hitting .512 with six home runs and 25 RBI while leading Stoneman Douglas to its first baseball state championship. The University of Miami commit was named a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Second Team All American, Florida-All Region First Team member and an Under Armour All American.

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Fifth round

Brian Serven, C

Serven was the 140th overall selection. Coming out of Arizona State University, the 20-year-old junior from Palm Desert, Calif. batted .293 (63-for-215) with 12 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 36 RBI for the Sun Devils this season. The 6-foot, 210-pound right-hander started at catcher all three seasons with Arizona State and was named a 2015 First-Team All-Pac-12 member.

Sixth round

Willie Abreu, OF

Abreu, a junior outfielder from University of Miami, was taken by the Rockies with the 170th overall pick. As the three-year starting right fielder for the Hurricanes, the left-handed hitter batted .278 (186-for-668) with 30 doubles, four triples and 130 RBI.  He was named to the All-ACC Third Team in all three years and was the Miami team captain his sophomore and junior season. The 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pound Hialeah, Fla. native was originally drafted in the 14th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds as one of the top high school prospects in South Florida.

Seventh round

Reid Humphreys, RHP

The 21-year-old Humphreys was selected out of Mississippi State with the 200th overall pick. The Brandon, Miss. native was drafted as a right-handed pitcher but has played significant time in the outfield, batting .317 with 44 RBI and five home runs this season. As a pitcher, he is 0-1 with seven saves and a 5.48 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 16 appearances. Played for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2016, where he hit .265 (35-for-132) with five home runs and 17 RBI.

Eighth round

Ty Culbreth, LHP

The 22-year-old Culbreth is a left-handed pitcher selected out of the University of Texas with the 230th overall pick. The 5-foot-11 hurler was named to the All-Big 12 Conference second team after going 8-4 with a 3.74 ERA in a career-high 86.2 innings pitched this season. He recorded 78 strikeouts in 16 appearances (15 starts).

Ninth round

Justin Calomeni, RHP

The 20-year-old Calomeni was selected with the 260th pick. The right-handed pitcher out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo went 14-7 with eight saves, a 3.81 ERA (149.0 IP, 63 ER), 50 walks and 150 strikeouts in his career at Cal Poly. During the 2015-2016 season, he went 5-2 with a 2.95 ERA (39.2 IP, 13 ER), 29 walks and 61 strikeouts. All eight of his career saves came in the 2015-2016 season.

10th round

Vince Fernandez, OF

The 20-year-old Fernandez out of the University of California–Riverside was selected with the 290th overall pick. The 6-foot-3 junior lefty infielder/outfielder batted .350 (77-for-220) with nine doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 42 RBI in 2016. Fernandez was teammates with Reid Humphreys on the 2016 Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League, where he batted .235 (12-for-51) with two home runs and 10 RBI.

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Check out information on Colorado’s picks from Friday by clicking here for Riley Pint and here on Robert Tyler and Ben Bowden.