Colorado Rockies: Three 2017 draft picks worth watching
RHP Garrett Schilling (18th Round/536th Overall): Xavier University
Garrett Schilling doesn’t exactly jump off the page as the next big thing for any team, but his upside is much greater than his measurable stats.
The right-handed pitcher from Clawson, Michigan stands just 6-foot-2 on the mound. He owns a 7-8 record with a 3.57 ERA this season, and a pedestrian 0.61 K/9. On the plus side, he doesn’t walk many batters or give up many home runs. During his junior season at Xavier, Schilling pitched a gem in the Regional round of the NCAA Tournament, allowing just two hits over seven innings.
He has been used exclusively as a starting pitcher in his time at Xavier. With an average outing of 5.68 innings per start, he could use more work being stretched out for the next level, but could also be a valuable tool in the middle relief role. Schilling could also choose to return to Xavier for his senior season and spurn the Rockies altogether.
No Rockies’ selection in the 18th round has gone on to enjoy success for the club in the past, but the team’s most notable 18th rounder was right-hander Andrew Cashner in 2006. Cashner did not sign with the club and was eventually drafted in the first round by the Chicago Cubs in 2008.