Colorado Rockies: How the 2016 Draftees Fared Last Season
Kyle Cedotal – P – Round 20 – Pick 590
Cedotal made his debut with the Boise Hawks after being drafted in the 20thround out of Southeastern Louisiana. He didn’t pitch much only throwing 35 innings in Short A ball giving up 38 hits and 17 earned runs. Another lefty in the staff can never hurt though. His groundball percentage skews above 40 percent. If he can raise that through the ranks he can be a valuable addition in Denver.
Tyler Bugner – P – Round 21 – Pick 620
At the end of August, Bugner broke out for a five-hit game to finish of a month where he slashed .463/.510/.537 with 10 RBIs in 11 games. The leadoff hitter has shown his speed beating out bunts and can hit to all sides of the field. He finished with a .396 on-base percentage. At the top of the order you can’t do much better than that. Bugner has proven he can be a valuable asset that is likely to move up the ranks quickly.
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Steven Linkous – OF – Round 22 – Pick 650
Linkous was the odd man out in a stretch of right-handed pitchers in the later rounds of the Rockies’ draft. He played every position in the outfield but primarily played in left for the Boise Hawks. With a .989 fielding percentage the glove seems more than adequate. He had over 200 jplate appearances hitting .253 with a .687 OPS.
Jared Gesell – P – Round 23 – Pick 680
Starting with Gesell, the Rockies drafted 10 right-handed pitchers in a row. The first rigthty projects more as a relief pitcher recording five saves with UNC Wilmington. He started his Grand Junction career well going 26.2 innings with a 2.36 ERA and a 2-0 record. He wasn’t the best of these 10 pitchers but he was very close.
J.D. Hammer – P – Round 24 – Pick 710
Hammer didn’t hammer his rookie ball debut but he performed decently striking out 52 in 43.2 innings. He didn’t win a game going 0-2 but posted a respectable 3.92 ERA for Grand Junction.
Heath Holder – P – Round 25 – Pick 740
Holder had one of the best debuts for a pitcher drafted in the later rounds. The righty out of Georgia posted a 2.83 ERA in 35 innings and 46 strikeouts. His 1.14 WHIP makes him look like even more of a great value pick.
Austin Moore – P – Round 26 – Pick 770
Moore went 20.2 without recording a record with a 6.53 ERA in his first year as a Boise Hawk.