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Rockies agree to terms with 2009 first-year player draft selections brothers, Arenado, Paulsen07/07/2009 4:00 PM ET
DENVER - The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has agreed to terms, pending physicals, with three of the club's top five selections from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft: left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers (1st round-supplemental), third baseman Nolan Arenado (2nd) and first baseman Ben Paulsen (3rd). All three players will be at Coors Field during the next three days.
Rex Brothers, LHP: The Rockies first round supplemental selection / 34th overall out of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn...the 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior went 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA with 132 strikeouts in 94.0 innings pitched in 2009...Brothers led the club with his 3.26 ERA, and held a 12.64 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched ratio this season, which ranked 4th in the nation...his 132 strikeouts were the 5th most in the nation this season, despite Lipscomb not having made the NCAA tournament...opponents batted just .210 (74-for-352) against him in 2009...led the club with 4 complete games, including one complete game shutout...was ranked by Baseball America as the 3rd best left-handed pitcher, and 17th best player overall available for the draft...was named to the Atlantic Sun first team All-Conference team this season...Brothers is the highest drafted player from Lipscomb since Rockies current Roving Pitching Coordinator Bo McLaughlin was taken in the first round of the 1975 draft...was named the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the year in 2007.
Nolan Arenado, 3B: Rockies' 2nd round selection / 59th overall out of El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif...the 6-foot-2, 215-pound infielder hit .517 (45-for-87) with 14 doubles, one triple and 5 home runs for El Toro High School in 2009...he had at least one hit in all but one of his 28 games played this past season...he drew 19 walks compared to 5 strikeouts...he finished the season with a .615 on-base percentage and a .874 slugging percentage...was rated the 17th best catcher available in the draft by Baseball America, although he was drafted as an infielder...was also rated as the 31st best prospect in the state of California by Baseball America.
Ben Paulsen, IB: The Rockies' 3rd round selection / 90th overall out of Clemson University...the 21-year-old first baseman hit .367 with 95 hits, 18 doubles, 4 triples, 13 home runs and 61 RBI for the Tigers in 2009...he led the Tigers in batting average, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (.618), on-base percentage (435) and total bases (160)...also led the Tigers in runs, hits, doubles and total bases as a sophomore in 2008...Paulsen was rated as the 5th best prospect in the state of South Carolina, and 110th best prospect overall among players available for the draft by Baseball America...he was also rated as the 5th best first base prospect available for the draft by Baseball America...a 3-year starter at Clemson, Paulsen has hit 31 home runs in his 3 seasons as a Tiger...was an all-state selection in the state of Georgia as a senior at Kell High School in 2006.
The Rockies have agreed to terms with four of the club's top five selections. The club has signed 39 of the club's 52 picks overall.
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