2011 Draft Day Special: Rockies Edition
This Monday night will signal the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Colorado Rockies will have two picks out of the top 60. Their first selection will be at number 20 in the first round and their second will be at 45 in the supplemental first round to compensate for the loss of Octavio Dotel to the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season.
The Rockies first pick in the 2010 draft Kyle Parker, from Clemson, is having a solid first year Class-A ball. Through 46 games with the Asheville Tourists, Parker is hitting .286 with 7 home runs and 43 runs batted in. Formerly a quaterback at Clemson University, Parker has finally dedicated all of his time to baseball and it seems to be paying off.
The Rockies other top pick from the 2010 draft was right-handed pitcher Peter Tago. Tago was drafted out of high school last year and has appeared in only three games in his professional career. Through three starts he is 1-1, with a 4.73 earned run average. Tago is still very young and has a long way to go but again his career is only beginning.