Less than three hours away from the 2011 MLB Draft and it looks as though the Rockies may throw a curveball to all of the mock drafts out there. Well, at least in all of those not done by Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein. In his latest mock (subscription required), Goldstein sees the Rockies taking a high schooler;
Joe Ross, RHP, Bishop O'Dowd HS (CA). One still hears plenty of college players here like Cron, Kolten Wong and some of the lesser pitchers associated with the Rockies, but as of late Sunday it seemed as if high school arms were the focus, including Joe Ross. Last Mock: C.J. Cron.
Joe is the brother of Tyson Ross, who is with the Oakland Athletics. He offers a fastball that has reached 96 mph this spring, though a low-90s fastball is more likely for where he will throw in the future. He complements that with a curve ball and a changeup. He's committed to UCLA, but could be lured away with the right amount of money.
If he didn't have Cron go at No. 19, I wonder which player Goldstein would have settled on. Baseball America's Jim Callis posted his final mock and he still sees Cron as the pick or any number of other college hitters.