Colorado Rockies: Recapping the team’s first three 2018 draft picks
Monday evening marked the first night of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. The Colorado Rockies held the 22nd, 42nd, and 76th draft picks on the first night of the draft. Here is a look at the three newest members of the Rockies organization.
22ND OVERALL PICK: RYAN ROLISON, LHP, MISSISSIPPI
With their first pick of the evening, the Colorado Rockies selected Ryan Rolison, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Mississippi. Rolison is 20 years old and just completed his sophomore year at Ole Miss.
Rolison was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 37th round in the 2016 draft, but elected to attend college instead.
After transitioning from a reliever to a starter, Rolison finished his freshman year with a 6-3 record and a 3.06 ERA. Then, he dominated his sophomore year with a 10-4 record and a 3.70 ERA.
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42ND OVERALL PICK: GRANT LAVIGNE, 1B, BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL (NH)
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With their second selection of the night, the Rockies picked Grant Lavigne, a first baseman from Bedford High School in New Hampshire. Lavigne is currently committed to Wake Forest University, but the club will hope to be able to get him to sign with the Rockies instead.
Lavigne is a left-handed power hitter who has some experience playing the outfield in addition to first base. He will still have plenty of time to mature, as he will not turn 19 until the end of August.
76TH OVERALL PICK: MITCHELL KILKENNY, RHP, TEXAS A&M
The Rockies final pick of the evening was a consolation pick for Greg Holland signing with the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason. With the pick, the Rockies selected Mitchell Kilkenny, a right-handed pitcher from Texas A&M University.
Kilkenny just completed his junior year at Texas A&M and finished this season with an 8-5 record and a 3.34 ERA. He has hit 95 before on the radar gun and could become a valuable member of the Rockies pitching staff in the future.
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Night one of the 2018 MLB Draft is now complete and day two will begin on Tuesday at 11 a.m. (Mountain time) with rounds 3-10.