With the MLB season winding to a close, the Colorado Rockies are still holding on to the No. 3 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. Their 58-91 record is close to the worst in franchise history -- in fact, the Rockies are very likely to overshoot their former franchise low of 95 losses -- and they would probably be in contention for the first overall pick if not for the similar ineptitude of the Chicago Cubs (58-92) and Houston Astros (48-102).
MyMLBDraft.com currently has the Rockies projected to pick outfielder Austin Meadows out of Greyfield High School assuming the draft order stays the same until the end of the season.
Stanford RHP Mark Appel is predicted to be the No. 1 pick, but he had also been given that distinction prior to the 2012 draft before falling all the way to the Pittsburgh Pirates at eighth overall. Appel never signed with the Pirates after long contract negotiations and is instead playing his senior season at Stanford. He could be a potential target for Colorado if he takes another slide as they try to make amends for their last pick that high in a draft, 2006 No. 2 overall draftee Greg Reynolds.
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The Colorado Rockies have not had a very good season in 2012. At 56-83, the Rockies are on pace for perhaps the worst season for the franchise since 2005, when the team finished 67-95 on the year. The good news is that Colorado appeared in the World Series just two years later, so at least there could be the potential for hope on the horizon.
In the short term, there is some good news that can come with a disappointing season. The Rockies are currently projected to have the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft and there's a good chance the team could land one of the top prospects in baseball that can help propel a team forward after a down year.
For the 2013 draft, the Rockies will have a number of prospects to choose from. RHP Mark Appel from Stanford is expected to be the top overall pick by the Houston Astros, with some projecting the Rockies to pick outfielder Austin Meadows of Grayson High School in Georgia.
Other top prospects include: RHP Ryne Stanek, LHP Sean Manaea and OF Austin Wilson.