Colorado Rockies: Catching up with the 2015 draft class
By David Sharp
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22. (20th, #587) Bobby Stahel, OF, USC
Released after the 2016 season where he hit .214/.304/.368 for Class A- Boise.
23. (21st, #617) Logan Cozart, RHP, Ohio University
Now 26 years old, Cozart has pitched relatively well through the low minors and now finds himself playing for AA Hartford. He’s off to a good start to the 2019 season, compiling a 2.70 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of relief work.
24. (22nd, #647) Eric Toole, CF, University of Iowa
Toole was released in 2017 after hitting .224/.297/.345 at Class A Asheville, despite being 2.5 years older than average for the league.
25. (23rd, #677) Steven Leonard, C, Campbell University (North Carolina)
Leonard started his pro career at A- Boise but was demoted to Rookie ball for the 2016 season. There he hit a solid .270/.386/.405, however he was released due in part to the fact that he was 2.4 years older than his average competition.
26. (24th, #707) James McMahon, RHP, University of Southern Mississippi
McMahon only played one year in the Rockies system, where he was thoroughly worked over (6.44 ERA, 1.954 WHIP) in Rookie ball despite being 1.8 years older than his competitors.
27. (25th, #737) Scotty Burcham, IF, California State University Sacramento
Burcham has the distinction of being the last person drafted by the Rockies in 2015 that is still playing professional baseball. Now 26 years old, Burcham is a shortstop and utility infielder for AA Hartford, where he’s hitting .189/.268/.351 to start the 2019 season.
All other players from the 2015 draft have either been released or voluntarily retired from professional baseball.
All of this just goes to show: drafting professional baseball players is hard.