The Colorado Rockies made 29 additional selections on Tuesday in the 2011 MLB Draft. They began the day selecting high school outfielder Carl Thomore, who should be a quick sign. He would be one of six high schoolers taken by the Rockies. One of the others was Connor McKay, a local product from Regis Jesuit in Aurora. He tore his ACL playing football and will likely head to Kansas after being selected in the 24th round.
But after the first 10 round or so of the draft, selecting a player like McKay is taking a flier. It doesn't hurt to do so while the rewards can be great. With their final selection of the day, the Rockies took another flier with Tx. HS RHP John Curtiss. He already throws 95 mph, but he seems like a solid commit to the Texas Longhorns.
Sixteenth-round selection, Florida 1B Preston Tucker, is also a tough sign, but the Rockies did something similar in the teens in 2010 with high schooler Will Swanner.
Third round selection C Peter O'Brien has a power bat, but a move off the position may come sooner rather than later.
Here is the Rockies' 2011 draft though two days:
|1s||45||Trevor Story||SS||Irving (Texas) HS|
|2||77||Carl Thomore||OF||East Brunswick (N.J.) HS|
|4||138||Dillon Thomas||OF||Westbury Chrisitan HS, Houston|
|5||168||Taylor Featherston||SS||Texas Christian|
|6||198||Chris Jensen||RHP||San Diego|
|7||228||Harold Riggins||1B||North Carolina State|
|8||258||Roberto Padilla||LHP||San Jose State|
|9||288||Ross Stripling||RHP||Texas A&M|
|10||318||Ben Hughes||RHP||St. Olaf (Minn.)|
|11||348||Alex Gillingham||RHP||Loyola Marymount|
|12||378||David Schuknecht||C||Palm Desert (Calif.) HS|
|13||408||Kyle Roliard||LHP||Louisiana Tech|
|15||468||Tim Smalling||SS||Virginia Tech|
|17||528||Will Rankin||RHP||Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.)|
|18||558||Benjamin Alsup||RHP||Louisiana State|
|19||588||Jesse Meaux||RHP||UC Santa Barbara|
|20||618||Danny Winkler||RHP||Central Florida|
|21||648||Jordan Ribera||1B||Fresno State|
|22||678||Logan Mahon||LHP||Southeast Missouri State|
|24||738||Connor McKay||OF||Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, Colo.|
|25||768||Patrick Johnson||RHP||North Carolina|
|26||798||Michael Wolford||RHP||UC Riverside|
|27||828||Matt Argyropoulos||3B||Washington State|
|28||858||Joshua Correa||OF||Caguas Military Academy, Caguas, P.R.|
|30||918||John Curtiss||RHP||Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas|