The 2011 MLB Draft has been over for more than two months and the deadline for teams to sign their players is less than 24 hours away. The Colorado Rockies are one team still looking to sign their first-round pick. With the 20th overall selection, the Rockies went with a solid but unspectacular choice in Tyler Anderson, a left-handed pitcher out of Oregon.
At the time, Anderson appeared on his way to being a quick sign, but whatever progress there was on that stalled and now the Rockies are out to sign the pitcher before the midnight deadline on Monday. Troy Renck of the Denver Post believes Anderson's contract will include a signing bonus of $1.7 million, slightly above slot for the No. 20 overall pick.
Early impressions of Anderson had him pegged as similar to former Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis, and if those projections are true the Rockies did nab a decent pitcher. He'd be able to fill the No. 3 or No. 4 spot in the rotation, just as Francis was before he was vaulted into being a No. 2 starter for the team.