Colorado Rockies: How 2020 top pick Zac Veen impressed in Arizona

March 15, 2019; Port Orange, FL, USA; Spruce Creek High School player Zac Veen. Mandatory Credit: Lola Gomez/Daytona Beach News-Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK
March 15, 2019; Port Orange, FL, USA; Spruce Creek High School player Zac Veen. Mandatory Credit: Lola Gomez/Daytona Beach News-Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK /
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Aug 4, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; General view of the hat and glove of Colorado Rockies shortstop Pat Valaika (4) (not pictured) in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

We continue our look at the Colorado Rockies farm system with assistant GM for player development and farm director Zach Wilson. Today, Wilson tells us what the Rockies saw recently out of Colorado’s top pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball draft, Zac Veen.

With the ninth overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Colorado Rockies selected 18-year-old outfielder Zac Veen. From the moment his name was called from the podium, Rockies fans have been itching to know more about the 6-foot-4 left-handed-hitting Veen (read the scouting report on him here). With that in mind, in an exclusive interview, we asked Colorado assistant GM for player development and farm director Zach Wilson for his initial impressions of Veen.

Wilson was able to see Veen for the first time in professional workouts during the recent Arizona instructional league. Veen was one of 39 players to take part in the five-week exercise at Colorado’s spring training facilities in Scottsdale, Ariz.

When I asked Wilson for his first impressions of Veen during his time in Arizona, Wilson didn’t mince words describing him as “a superb athlete in the batter’s box” and saying that all of the hype that proceeded Veen was well-deserved.

“Everything that I had seen on video and heard from our scouts, that we thought was coming into this organization, it showed up exactly like that,” Wilson said.

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