Update: Rockies Look At Live Arm
The Rockies are looking at a power arm with the 11th selection in the first round of the annual draft on Tuesday. All indications are they will take a high school pitcher, but there is so much uncertainty they don’t know who will be there when it is their turn to pick.
Tuesday morning the talk was that right-handed Matt Hobgood of Norco, Ca., would be the selection, but this afternoon Baltimore, which has the fifth pick, emerged as a likely team to select Hobgood.
Several projected drafts have the Rockies selecting right-hander Mike Leake of Arizona State, but word is scouting director Bill Schmidt has several high school pitchers that he prefers.
The Rockies also have the 32nd and final pick in the first round, a pick they received from the Angels for the loss of free-agent closer Brian Fuentes.
Outfielderof Sacramento State has emerged as a possibility in that spot. The Rockies have talked about the power-hitting Wheeler with the No. 11 pick, but seem focused on pitching with their first pick.
The Rockies have not selected a high school pitcher in the first round since the 2000 misadventure with Matt Harrington, who turned down a $3.7 million signing bonus.