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Rockies 2002 draft recap
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06/05/2002 10:17 pm ET 
Rockies 2002 draft recap
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com

Rockies round-by-round picks

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies got an early jump by signing their first-round pick, Canadian collegiate left-hander Jeff Francis. But the success of their 2002 First-Year Player Draft could depend on guys they're willing to wait awhile before signing.

After stocking up on pitching, the corner infield and outfield positions and a little catching the first day, the Rockies completed the 51 picks in 50 rounds with mostly high school and junior college talent.

Colorado's aim is to find someone like Zach Parker, a left-handed pitcher who is 6-4 with a 4.83 ERA at low-A Salem.

In 2000, the Rockies tabbed Parker out of San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College in the 21st round as a "draft-and-follow" player. The Rockies monitored Parker's progress, liked what they saw, then signed him a week before the 2001 Draft.

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JUNE 4-5 | NEW YORK CITY
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The process -- officially called Draft, Follow and Evaluate (DFE) -- is open as long as the player does not enter a four-year school. The Rockies can sign such a player at any point until a week before next year's draft.

"We hope to hit on more than one of them," Rockies scouting director Bill Schmidt said. "The draft-and-follow rule helps a lot when you've got 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds, kids who are not quite physically mature. Kids make a lot of strides over a summer or over a year."

Expect Colorado to take a similar route with many of their picks, starting with the 27th round. Lance Beus of Cochise County Community College (27th round), Jose Lado (28th) of Delgado Junior College are prime DFE candidates.

As for the picks the Rockies intend to sign, there is still work to do. Francis, from the University of British Columbia, has agreed to a $1.85 million bonus, plus money to complete his college coursework -- he is majoring in physics. But no one else has signed or is considered close.

One of Colorado's more intriguing picks is 36th-rounder Clayton Trenary, a 6-1, 185-pounder from Dunellon, Fla. Drafted as an outfielder Trenary batted .602 for Crystal River High -- where Rockies pitcher Mike Hampton went, and where Mike Hampton Sr. assists head coach Brent Hall. Rockies scouts are said to like Trenary's potential and will watch him during the summer.

"He's a real good athlete -- (Hampton's) dad alerted us to him, so we'll see how he develops," Schmidt said.

ROCKIES 2002 DRAFT PICKS
9 JEFFREY W FRANCIS LHP U BRITISH COLUMBIA
50 MICAH B OWINGS RHP GAINESVILLE HS
81 WILLIAM B CROCKETT RHP HARVARD U
111 JEFFREY G BAKER 3B CLEMSON U
141 NEIL K WILSON C VERO BEACH SENIOR HS
142 DOUGLAS J JOHNSON RHP BRYANT COL
171 SEAN R BARKER LF LOUISIANA ST U
201 RYAN A SPILBORGHS CF U CALIFORNIA
231 JEFFERY D SALAZAR CF OKLAHOMA ST U
261 JOHN L TETUAN RHP WICHITA ST U
291 ISAAC J PAVLIK LHP SETON HALL U
321 RYAN N SHEALY 1B U FLORIDA
351 MICHAEL A ESPOSITO RHP ARIZONA ST U
381 BRIAN J BARRE CF U SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
411 BERNARD A GONZALEZ OF FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL U
441 ANDREW W BUSHEY 3B U NOTRE DAME
471 WILLIAM B CORLEY OF PLEASURE RIDGE PARK HS
501 STEVEN C PONDER LHP TEXAS A&M U
531 CHRISTOPHER M YOUNG RHP MISSISSIPPI ST U
561 KALIKOLEIPULAMA SARDINHA 3B PEPPERDINE U
591 DANIEL A STREET 3B U VIRGINIA
621 STEPHEN M REBA RHP CLEMSON U
651 PETER G MONTRENES RHP U MISSISSIPPI
681 CARSON J WHITE 2B U CALIFORNIA
711 MITSURU SAKAMOTO LF ARIZONA WESTERN COL
741 ROCK T MILLS C PEPPERDINE U
771 KAROL-JO HENDRICKS SS U TEXAS
801 LANCE BEUS LHP COCHISE COUNTY CC
831 JOSE R LADO LHP DELGADO JC
861 RICHARD A CARTIER RHP CUESTA COL
891 AARON M GAMBOA LHP BAKERSFIELD COL
921 DANIEL T LONSBERRY RHP NORTHEAST TEXAS CC
951 DEREK P PATTERSON LHP EVANGEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
981 MICHAEL J WATSON RHP PENN ST U
1011 RYAN MATTHEUS RHP GALT HS
1041 ROBERT L MADSEN RHP MCLENNAN CC
1071 CLAYTON T TRENARY OF CRYSTAL RIVER HS
1101 VICTOR ALVAREZ SS CHIPOLA JC
1131 STEPHEN D SUTTON SS TEXARKANA CC
1161 TOMAS SANTIAGO RHP PIKEVILLE COL
1191 MATTHEW S ALBIDREZ-GARZA RHP WASHINGTON UNION HS
1221 JOHN M DEFENDIS CF XAVERIAN HS
1251 JASON H DOOLEY RHP BETHUNE-COOKMAN COL
1280 JUSTIN K HOYMAN RHP BREVARD JC
1308 RYAN T EARNEST RHP HARDAWAY HS
1335 TYLER D LITTLEHALES CF BOULDER HS
1362 JOSHUA M MERINO RHP KIRKWOOD CC
1388 JOHN C BROWNELL RHP BUTLER COUNTY CC
1414 JAMES C POPP RHP DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
1440 JARED G THEODORAKOS LHP BAYLOR U
1464 ANDREW J YORK C COL THE SISKIYOUS

Thomas Harding covers the Rockies for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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