Rockies 2nd round pick: RHP Jackson Cox (#50 overall)
Jackson Cox was the first high school player that the Rockies drafted this year as he is out of high school in Toutle Lake, Wash. He sits around 92 MPH with his fastball but gets up to 96 “with ease” and with some run, according to MLB Pipeline. His best pitches are is his curveball and a plus hard slurve that has “deep and late bite that routinely registers spin rates over 3,000 RPM.”
Rockies GM Bill Schmidt said that Cox has indicated that he would like to start his pro career and forego his commitment to the University of Oregon so if he signs, it will be interesting to see how those breaking pitches develop, especially at altitude.
The Rockies farm system has, arguably, strengthened the most of any team this season. With these four picks, the Rockies system has gotten a lot better.
As Joe Doyle of Prospects Live said about the Rockies and their four picks, “[t]his is how you turn around an organization.” He also said that the first three in the top 40 were “a haul.”
Others have praised the Rockies for their selections as well, especially with Thompson and Beck in the compensation and competitive balance portions of the first round.
MLB.com ranked the four prospects (in order that they were drafted) as the 26th, 29th, 23rd, and 58th prospects in the draft.
Overall rating: B+