Take a look at the lineup of players chosen by the Colorado Rockies over the course of the first two days of the 2022 MLB Draft and you’ll notice that college picks make up 11 of the 12 players selected so far.
Here are the Colorado Rockies draft picks through the first 10 rounds of the 2022 MLB Draft
Round 1, Pick 10 — Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga (learn more about him in this video)
Round 1, Pick 31 (Comp Pick) — Sterlin Thompson, OF, Florida (learn more about him here)
CBA, Pick 38 — Jordan Beck, OF, Tennessee (learn more about him here)
Round 2, Pick 50 — Jackson Cox, RHP, Toutle Lake High School (WA) (learn more about him here)
Round 3, Pick 88 — Carson Palmquist, LHP, Miami (FL) (learn more about him here)
Round 4, Pick 116 — Ryan Ritter, SS, Kentucky (learn more about him here)
Round 5, Pick 146 — Connor Staine, RHP, Central Florida (learn more about him here)
Round 6, Pick 176 — Michael Prosecky, LHP, Louisville (learn more about him here)
Round 7, Pick 206 — Kody Huff, C, Stanford (learn more about him here)
Round 8, Pick 236 — Davis Palermo, RHP, North Carolina (learn more about him here)
Round 9, Pick 266 — Brad Cumbest, OF, Mississippi State (learn more about him here)
Round 10, Pick 296 — Zach Agnos, RHP, East Carolina (learn more about him here)
Second-round pick Jackson Cox, a high school pitcher out of Washington state who you can learn more about in our first-day draft recap story here, was the lone high school selection for the Rockies over the course of the first two days. However, Marc Gustafson, Colorado Rockies Senior Director of Scouting Operations, and Danny Montgomery, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Scouting, said that the high number of college picks was not by design, but rather dictated by the flow of the draft.
“I think it’s just the way the board fell,” Montgomery said. “We’re definitely not opposed to taking high school kids as you’ve seen in the past (Benny Montgomery, Zac Veen, and Drew Romo are just some examples from recent drafts). These kids we took up top with these two bats (Thompson and Beck) and grabbing Hughes up top, these guys have special impact tools for us.”
Gustafson said that the “physicality” of so many of the Rockies picks is something that has tied this class together so far.
“For us, it’s just continuing to try to add size, strength, and athleticism,” he said. “If you break down the types of bodies and types of athletes that we selected with the nice mix from pitcher to position player … it’s a neat blend for Chris Forbes (Rockies director of player development) and his department to say hello and indoctrinate them into the system.”
Gustafson compared the draft to Christmas and selecting players as presents that will pay dividends for the franchise for years to come.
“I promise you one thing, when you get these guys unwrapped, that physical presence and that athleticism is going stand out, first and foremost.”
Note: The 2022 MLB Draft wraps up on Tuesday with rounds 11 through 20 kicking off at noon (Mountain time).