06/09/05 12:59 AM ET
Rox use second pick for prep pitcher
Kentucky standout Roe says he wants to sign quickly
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
The Rockies used the 32nd overall pick in the supplemental first round of Tuesday's 2005 First-Year Player Draft to select Roe, a 6-foot-5 right-hander who struck out 177 in 117 innings over the past two seasons at Lafayette High School. On Wednesday, general manager Dan O'Dowd said he hoped to reach an agreement on a signing bonus and have Roe in the Minor League system soon.
"My curveball was not that great until my junior year, when my brother taught me how to hold it," said Roe, whose brother, Czack, is two years older and pitched in junior college.
"I had held it real loose and didn't get a sharp break. But I started choking up and it was much better."
Roe said his brother coached him mentally as well. "My brother helped me to stay calm, don't lose my focus and have fun," he said.
Although Roe signed with the University of Kentucky during the fall, he said Tuesday that he has hired Larry Reynolds as his agent. Usually, a player's family uses an agent as an "adviser," since formally hiring him forfeits college eligibility.
Roe, 18, said he had been told the Atlanta Braves would draft him 27th overall but realized there could be some surprises. He said he was hoping to speak with the Rockies soon and believes the sides can negotiate a deal within days.
Here's a look at each player the Rockies selected, with a comment about each from scouting director Bill Schmidt:
(Note -- Schmidt noted that several players are classified as "draft-and-follow." Those players are under the "draft, follow and evaluate" program, where teams can watch a player during the summer as well as if he attends a junior college in the fall, and have until shortly before next year's draft to sign him.)52. Daniel Carte, OF, Winthrop University: "He was the MVP of the Cape Cod League. He's not a real big kid, but he's a solid runner -- not the prototype center-field speed."
55. Zachary Simons, RHP, Everett (Wash.) CC: "He's been a two-way player -- when he doesn't pitch, he can play the outfield. Our scouts liked his presence when he strictly pitched. He has a chance to have two 'plus' [above-average] pitches."
87. Kyle Hancock, RHP, Rowlett (Texas) HS: "He's a very projectable high school pitcher. Our scouts had very strong feelings about him. He has a loose arm, good life with the fastball and at times has thrown a very quality breaking pitch."
117. Brandon Durden, LHP, Georgia College & State U: "He's an athletic kid from a small college. He still needs some refinement. He's not your typical college picture. He's kind of a projection, but he's a strong-bodied kid."
147. Joshua Sullivan, RHP, Auburn: "He's a pretty projectable athlete. He was a backup quarterback on their football team. He has a live arm, projectable stuff. We've just got to get him on the mound more. He played some third base and catcher as a freshman, but he reverted to the mound."
177. Corey Wimberly, 2B, Alcorn State: "He's a small guy with speed, a switch-hitter, led the nation in batting average. ... He's tough to strike out."
207. Geoff Strickland, SS, Florida Southern: "Strickland's a switch-hitting shortstop, above-average runner and petty steady fielder. He has a line-drive stroke."
237. James Burok, RHP, Old Dominion: "I think they used him both ways, both out of the bullpen and as a starter, so we can start him or use him out of the bullpen."267. Andrew Johnston, RHP, Missouri: "He was used as a closer at Missouri."
297. Garner Wetzel, SS, Millsaps (Miss.) College: "He went to a Division III school in Mississippi and played quarterback, so he's an athletic kid. We see him maybe having to move to third base."
327. Chris Frey, OF, Arizona: "He's a center fielder, pretty steady player, not a big tool guy but he's performed well."
357. Dominick Foster, RHP, Fresno (Calif.) CC: "He's a kid we had under our control last year. He has arm strength but limited time on the mound. He'll probably end up being a draft-and-follow again."
387. Michael Paulk, LF, Cal State Northridge: "He's played first, he's played center, he's played left. I think he had 18 home runs a year ago. I don't think he's hit as many this year. Just a left-handed college bat."
417. Kyle Blumenthal, C, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: "He's a left-handed-hitting catcher who can play third. He was on a junior college stat championship team at Riverside City. He's a college senior who's got some versatility."
447. Travis Becktel, CF, San Jose State: "He's a right-handed-hitting college senior who was ranked the No. 6 or 7 prospect in the Alaska (summer) League. He had a pretty decent season at San Jose State."
477. Bret Berglund, LF, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: "He needs to refine his game and improve his skill, but there's tools there. He went to Kent Denver [High School] and Arizona State before transferring."
507. James Freeman, LHP, Washington State: "He's an older kid, a college senior. I believe he started at Washington State. He can start or come out of the bullpen."
537. Brett Strickland, RHP, Georgia State: "He's a little right-hander with some arm strength. He's been up to 94 [mph]."
567. Byron Binda, RHP, Coastal Carolina: "He's got a little bit of arm strength."
597. Andrew Kreidermacher, RHP, Minnesota State-Mankato: "He's got arm strength."
627. Christopher Martin, RHP, McLennan (Texas) CC: Draft-and-follow.
657. Radames Nazairo, SS, Dr. Juan J. Manuez Pimentel (Puerto Rico): Draft-and-follow.
687. Phillip Cuadrado, 3B, Cumberland (Tenn.) University: "He's kind of a corner utility guy."
717. Sean Toler, RHP, Parkway South (Mo.) HS: Draft-and-follow.
747. Steve Hirschfeld, RHP, Southern Nevada CC: Draft-and-follow.
777. Ethan Katz, RHP, Cal Sate Sacramento: "He can pitch, help fill out some clubs."
807. Sean Ruthven, RHP, Georgia: "He's [former Major Leaguer] Dick Ruthven's son, and he pitched at Fresno State and Georgia.
837. David Bechtold, LHP, Liberty University: "He's a left-handed pitcher who can fill out the staff and help us out."
867. David Havens, SS, Bishop England (S.C.) High School: "We'll follow through the summer. He's signed to go to South Carolina."
897. Michael Milliron, SS, Penn State: "He's a utility infielder."
927. Sean Halton, 1B, Fresno State: Draft-and-follow.
957. Jarrad Page, OF, UCLA: "We'll see what happens. He's a football player at UCLA, plays defensive back."
987. Jordan Jarvis, RHP, Arcadia (Ariz.) HS: Draft-and-follow.
1,017. Kyle Beitey, LHP, Lower Columbia College: Draft-and-follow.
1,047. Timothy Brewer, LHP, Ivanna Eudora HS (Virgin Islands): "Draft-and-follow -- it's interesting because you don't see many guys from the Virgin Islands."
1,077. Chris Cook, 1B, Grand Canyon University: "He fan fill out the club, help us out."
1,107. Casey Belanger, OF, Cypress (Calif.) HS: Draft-and-follow.
1,137. Gary Browning, LHP, Florida State: "We might end up doing something over the summer. He was drafted twice by the Cubs."
1,167. Rod Scurry, RHP, Sierra JC: "Draft-and-follow -- he's the son of [former Major League pitcher] Rod Scurry."
1,196. Joseph Servais, C, Garden City (Kan.) CC: "Draft-and-follow -- that's Scott's nephew. [Scott Servais is a former Major League catcher who scouts for the Rockies.]"
1,225. Jeremy Farrell, 3B, St. Ignatius (Ohio) HS: "We'll watch him this summer. That's the son of John Farrell, farm director of the Indians and a former big league pitcher. He and Havens are two guys that are probably going to go to college but you never know if things change over the course of the summer."
1,254. Maikol Gonzales, SS, Louisburg College: "Draft-and-follow -- that's a kid we had in Venezuela that we helped get in school .
1,283. Jordan Rogers, RHP, Dayton (Texas) HS: Draft-and-follow.
1,312. Phillip Mers, LHP, Louisville (Ky.) Ballard HS: Draft-and-follow.
1,341. Chris Bell, OF, Johnson (Ga.) HS: Draft-and-follow.
1,370. Garrett Vaughan, C, Lakeside (La.) HS: Draft-and-follow.
1,399. Brent Weiss, 2B, Saint Joseph (N.J.) Regional School: Draft-and-follow.
1,427. Spencer Schuh, RHP, Harrison (Ark.) HS: Draft-and-follow.
1,454. Jordan Moore, LHP, Spokane Falls CC: Draft-and-follow.
1,481. James Pollack, C, North Broward (Fla.) Prep: Draft-and-follow.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.