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Breakout star Weeks goes to Rox in seventh round

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DENVER -- University of North Florida outfielder Drew Weeks, the Rockies' seventh-round pick Friday in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, is a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award -- for collegiate baseball's breakout player of the year.

Weeks' work since last summer is the definition of a breakout.

DENVER -- University of North Florida outfielder Drew Weeks, the Rockies' seventh-round pick Friday in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, is a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award -- for collegiate baseball's breakout player of the year.

Weeks' work since last summer is the definition of a breakout.

In his first two seasons at North Florida, Weeks produced batting averages of .287 and .298 -- not bad, but not star material.

However, last summer in the Northwoods League -- a college wood-bat league -- Weeks batted .310 in 261 at-bats, led the league with 67 RBIs, and had 10 home runs and 14 doubles for the Madison Mallards. He followed up with an even better collegiate season when he led the nation with a .430 batting average.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 11 a.m. MT.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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