Rockies conclude 20 rounds of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft06/07/2011 6:28 PM ET
The Colorado Rockies concluded 20 rounds of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by selecting 19 additional players in rounds 2-20 today. The Rockies have made a total of 21 picks so far in the draft and have 30 additional picks in rounds 21-50.
Overall in the draft, the Rockies have selected 11 pitchers, 3 outfielders, 5 infielders and 2 catchers. Of the pitchers, 3 are left-handed pitchers and 8 are right-handed. The club selected 17 players from a four-year university or junior college and 4 high school players.
Notes from Rockies Draft Picks Rounds 2-10:
Carl Thomore, OF: Rockies second round selection / 77th overall out of East Brunswick High School (NJ)
Thomore, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, was named to the Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason All-American First-Team and All-Northeast Regional High School Senior First-Team as a senior at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey. The 18-year-old was ranked as the 112th-best prospect entering the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Baseball America. He was also ranked second best prospect in the Draft out of New Jersey by the same publication. Additionally, Thomore was ranked 10th-best corner outfielder in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft by Baseball America.
Peter O'Brien, C: Rockies third round selection / 107th overall out of Bethune-Cookman College (FL)
O'Brien, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, spent three seasons at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, FL where he started all 61 games behind the plate for the Wildcats in 2011. In his junior season, O'Brien hit .304 (70-for-230) with 29 extra-base hits, including a team-high 14 home runs. O'Brien led the Wildcats with 20 home runs and a .384 batting average and picked off nine runners and catching 20 attempted base stealers during his sophomore season. He also drove in 56 RBI 2010. O'Brien was also named the MEAC Player of the Year following his sophomore season. O'Brien was rated the 13th-best prospect in the state of Florida, and the 103rd-best prospect overall in the draft by Baseball America. Additionally, he was ranked the seventh-best catcher available in the draft by Baseball America.
Dillon Thomas, OF: Rockies fourth round selection / 138th overall out of Westbury Christian High School (TX)
Thomas, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, is an infielder/outfielder from Westbury Christian High School in Houston, Texas. The Texan hit .464 (45-for-117) with 8 home runs, 35 RBI, 40 runs scored and a .876 slugging percentage as a senior. Thomas batted .494 in his junior season and added 12 home runs and 39 RBI while being selected to the TAPPS All-Star team and the All-Houston team. Thomas was rated as the 91st best prospect in the state of Texas by Baseball America.
Taylor Featherston, SS: Rockies fifth round selection / 168th overall out of Texas Christian University
Featherston, 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, spent the past three seasons at Texas Christian University in Texas as the primary shortstop. In those three seasons collected a .331 (234-for-706) average with 32 doubles, 13 triples, 16 home runs and 122 RBI. The Katy, TX native was named to the 2010 College World Series All-Tournament Team, the MVP of the 2010 NCAA Fort Worth Regional, the 2010 MWC Postseason All-Tournament Team and 2010 First Team All-MWC as shortstop. Featherston led the Horned Frogs with a .335 average (82-for-245) this season, starting all of TCU's 62 games. Baseball America ranked Featherston the 15th-best shortstop in the draft. Additionally, he was ranked the 15th-best prospect available in the draft, as well as the 142nd-best overall prospect in the draft.
Chris Jensen, RHP: Rockies sixth round selection / 198th overall out of the University of San Diego
Jensen, 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, spent the past three seasons at the University of San Diego where he was primarily used as a reliever in his first two seasons but was moved into the rotation as a junior. The Gilbert, AZ native went 3-7 with a 3.95 (82.0 ip, 36 er) ERA in 2011. He led the Toreros in innings pitched and strikeouts (73) while leading all starters with a .257 opponent batting average. In addition to starting 12 games, he made six appearances, earning the save in two of those six relief outings. He was ranked the 33rd-best prospect in the draft from Southern California by Baseball America.
Harold Riggins, INF: Rockies seventh round selection / 228th overall out of North Carolina State University
Riggins, 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, was originally drafted in the 35th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox. The Normal, IL native was named the MVP of the ACC Tournament in 2010 as a sophomore after hitting .562 (9-for-16) with 2 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs with 5 RBI in four tournament games. Finished his junior season in 2011 hitting .314 (65-for-207) with 11 doubles and 35 RBI. Baseball America ranked Riggins the 13th-best prospect available in the draft from the state of North Carolina. The same publication had Riggins as the top-rated first baseman from North Carolina.
Roberto Padilla, LHP: Rockies eighth round selection / 258th overall out of San Jose State University
Padilla, 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, was in his first season at San Jose State University this year as a junior after spending 2009 and 2010 with Ohlone Junior College. Padilla led the Spartans in 2011 with a 3.19 ERA (98.2 ip, 35 er) and also topped all Spartans in innings pitched, strikeouts (81), wins (7) and led all starters by allowing opponents to hit just .230. In 2010, the Union City, CA native led Ohlone to a JUCO state championship and earned First-Team All-Northern California honors, Coast-Pacific Conference Pitcher of the Year honors and was named the California JUCO Pitcher of the Year. Padilla was ranked the 28th-best prospect from Northern California in the draft by Baseball America.
Thomas Stripling, RHP: Rockies ninth round selection / 288th overall out of Texas A&M University
Stripling, 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, spent three seasons at Texas A&M University where he began as a reliever but was moved into the rotation during 2010, his sophomore season. Stripling finished his junior season with a 13-2 record and a 2.30 ERA (109.2 ip, 28 er) with 99 strikeouts and 16 walks while holding opponents to a team-low .198 average. His 13 wins in 2011 were tied for the most in the Big 12 conference and also the most in NCAA Division I with Texas' Taylor Jungmann. His 99 strikeouts were third-most in the Big 12 Conference in 2011. As a true freshman appeared in 13 games, all in relief, posting a 1-0 record and 2.51 ERA, the 13 relief outings ranked sixth on the staff. Baseball America ranked Stripling the 24th-best prospect in the draft from the state of Texas.
Benjamin Hughes, RHP: Rockies 10th round selection / 318th overall out of St. Olaf College (MN)
Hughes, 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, was named the MIAC Pitcher of the Year in 2011 as a junior at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. The St. Louis Park, MN native went 16-6 over his three year career at St. Olaf as a starter. Hughes led St. Olaf in wins (7), innings (57.2) and strikeouts (83) in 2011. Hughes was also a Northwoods League All-Star in 2010 with Duluth where he went 2-3, 2.50 in 15 appearances. Hughes was ranked the top prospect available for the draft from the state of Minnesota by Baseball America. Hughes is now the highest drafted player from the St. Olaf College, surpassing Andrew Schmiesing, who was drafted by the Twins in the 11th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Alex Gillingham, RHP: Rockies 11th round selection / 348th overall out of Loyola Marymount University (CA)
David Schuknecht, C: Rockies 12th round selection / 378th overall out of Palm Desert High School (CA)
Kyle Roliard, LHP: Rockies 13th round selection / 408th overall out of Louisiana Tech University
Brian Humphries, OF: Rockies 14th round selection / 438th overall out of Pepperdine University (CA)
Timothy Smalling, INF: Rockies 15th round selection / 468th overall out of Virginia Tech University
Preston Tucker, INF: Rockies 16th round selection / 498th overall out of the University of Florida
William Rankin, RHP: Rockies 17th round selection / 528th overall out of Southern Polytechnic State U (GA)
Benjamin Alsup, RHP: Rockies 18th round selection / 558th overall out of Louisiana State University
Jessee Meaux, RHP: Rockies 19th round selection / 588th overall out of UC Santa Barbara
Daniel Winkler, RHP: Rockies 20th round selection / 618th overall out of Central Florida University
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