Colorado Rockies draft high schooler Zac Veen for the 9th pick in the MLB Draft

The Colorado Rockies selected first baseman/outfielder Zac Veen as the ninth overall pick of the 2020 MLB Draft

The Colorado Rockies announced on ESPN and MLB Network on Wednesday that they have selected first baseman/outfielder Zac Veen as the ninth overall pick of the 2020 MLB Draft.

Veen, who turned 18 in December, just graduated from high school from Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida. He is six feet, four inches tall and bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

Veen is committed to Florida State for college baseball so, in the near future, we will see whether or not he decides that he wants to sign with the Rockies or play some collegiately. If he does decide to not sign, the Rockies could potentially get a higher pick in the 2021 draft regardless of their finish in the 2020 regular season.

MLB.com projected Veen as the seventh-best prospect. On a 20-80 scouting scale, he is at a 60 for hitting, 55 for power, arm, and fielding, and a 50 for running. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo and others compared Veen to Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich with his swing on MLB Network just a few moments ago. If he signs with the Rockies and makes it to the MLB-level for the Rockies, Coors Field should be a great place for him to play.

The pick was announced by Commissioner Rob Manfred and just before the draft, he announced on ESPN and MLB Network that Major league Baseball will happen in 2020, regardless of whether the MLB owners and the MLBPA come to an agreement or not.

“We’re going to play baseball in 2020 — 100 percent,” said Manfred to ESPN’s Karl Ravech.

He also added that he hopes that the MLBPA will “get off of the 100 percent salary demand.”

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The Rockies also have the 35th pick in the draft so stay tuned to our Twitter account @RoxPileFS and here on the site for coverage of that.