Pick 31 (Compensation for Trevor Story): Roman Anthony, OF, Stoneman Douglas HS (FL)
Roman Anthony comes from the same high school as Colton Welker and with even more physical talent. He’s also already hit a homer at Coors.
Anthony doesn’t have the college numbers to dive into like Neto but his power is evident, his run times are well above average, according to Perfect Game, and this high school season, he hit .545 with just 15 strikeouts.
It looks like a quality 5-tool profile with upside only a notch below fellow Floridian Zac Veen.
Standing 6’3″ with some projectable room to grow, Roman Anthony is as enticing of a hitting prospect as they come. The Rockies need to continue accumulating athletic/toolsy players with legitimate offensive upside and this would be a perfect selection to fit that bill.
Pick 38 (Competitive Balance Round A): Carson Whisenhunt, LHP, Eastern Carolina
Perhaps set to go in the first round before the season, Whisenhunt was suspended by the NCAA after testing positive for a banned substance.
While nobody likes to hear that about a draft prospect, Whisenhunt is a can’t-miss talent with tools that should appeal to the Rockies.
His changeup has been absolutely lauded by scouts and looks to be a plus (60 grade) to potentially double-plus (70) pitch. The changeup could almost be confused for a curveball with how much late drop it gets.
When hitters swung at Whisenhunt’s changeup, they missed 59% of the time. For reference, the top changeup whiff% in MLB last year was 55.6% (Alex Reyes).
Whisenhunt’s fastball sat 91-94 last season but with his 6’4″ frame having room to grow, a 93-96 velo range is a likely outcome. Presently, it’s an average fastball by the standards of this draft but could become something more.
The East Carolina product also features a curveball with heavy drop and some horizontal movement. It’s a quality third pitch that gives Whisenhunt a second out-pitch to go along with his killer changeup.
In 2021, the southpaw pitched to a 3.77 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 62 innings. However, he limited hitters to a .560 OPS against him, showing some bad luck likely inflated his ERA.
Without getting to see Whisenhunt in 2022, it’s unclear how much he progressed as a pitcher, opening the door for some risk but also for him to be an absolute steal outside of the first round.