The Colorado Rockies entered the third round of the 2020 MLB Draft on fire after nailing their first three picks. They continued this trend in the third round.
Sam Weatherly, a left-handed pitcher out of Clemson was another solid selection by the Colorado Rockies with the 81st overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, something that you may sense becoming a theme. Sam is another selection that the circus was nothing new to as he was originally a selection by Toronto in the 27th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
When I started watching what tape I could find, the pitcher that stood out as the best comparison due to his competitiveness and use of a fastball/slider combo to rack up K’s in college was Ryan Rolison. I was also able to see why Ryan was a first-rounder, and Sam lasted until the 3rd.
I’ll let Kyle Peterson from ESPN explain it:
"“The biggest question really is the walks,” ESPN analyst Kyle Peterson said during the draft broadcast. “Because if the walks stay to the point they are, and they’ve stayed very consistent over the course of his career, you can’t afford to have him start. You have to take a chance with him in the back end of the bullpen.”"
Then I looked at the scouting reports, and yet again it was shown out to be true, Pitchability means millions when it comes to Lefties especially: Numbers for Sam Weatherly are from MLB.com, Numbers for Ryan Rolison are from 2080baseball.com