Rockies cull from college ranks on Day 2
Experience a priority in rounds six through nine
DENVER -- The Rockies continued a run on experience during Tuesday's second day of the MLB Draft, taking college players in rounds 6-9 before dipping back into the high school ranks.
The Draft started with four high schoolers -- shortstop Brendan Rodgers, right-handed pitcher Mike Nikolak, third baseman Kyle Nevin and right-hander Peter Lambert on Monday's first night. After nabbing another prep righty, Javier Medina, in the third round with the first pick of the second day, the Rockies took college pitcher David Hill in the fourth round and Parker French in the fifth.
Here's a look at the next five picks:
Round 6: LHP Jack Wynkoop, South Carolina: Wynkoop, the Gamecocks' junior ace, went 8-5 with a 3.27 ERA and 86 strikeouts against 14 walks in 104 1/3 innings this season. The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., reported that Wynkoop was chosen later than expected, but he is likely to sign.
Wynkoop took to Twitter.
The 6-foot-5 Wynkoop, 21, was not drafted out of high school because of his strong commitment to South Carolina. He is considered a finesse pitcher who stays in the strike zone.
Round 7: 1B Brian Mundell, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo: Mundell is a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder with power potential. He hit 11 home runs as a freshman, but nine combined the next two years. Still, the 20 homers were sixth-most in the school's Division 1 history.
But Mundell underwent a Tommy John surgery on his right elbow between his freshman and sophomore years. After healing during 2015, Mundell started 14 games at first and batted .282 with 11 doubles, one triple and five home runs.
Round 8: RHP Colin Welmon, Loyola Marymount: Welmon, 22, returned for his senior season after being chosen in the 34th round by the Pirates last year, and went 6-6, with a 2.68 ERA and 96 strikeouts against 28 walks in 94 innings pitched.
Welmon leaves Loyola Marymount third in school history in wins (28), lowest in walks per nine innings (2.06) and innings pitched (374), and is fourth in games started (55). He entered his senior year with a 3.24 grade-point average and on track to graduate with a degree in communications studies.
Round 9: RHP Trey Killian, Arkansas: Rockies fans will be able to see Killian when he starts against Virginia Saturday at 1 p.m. MT in the Razorbacks' first game of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Killian, a junior, is 3-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 14 starts covering 79 2/3 innings this season and has 56 strikeouts and 22 walks.
Round 10: CF Cole Anderson, Fort Collins (Colo.) Rocky Mountain: The Rockies didn't look far. Anderson told the Fort Collins Coloradan newspaper that he is a lifelong Rockies fan who was excited about the call from Rockies scouting director Marc Gustafson.
Anderson hit .405 with seven home runs and stole six bases.
"It was pretty short and sweet. They were like, 'Hey, we're going to pick you up. Are you in?'" Anderson said. "I was like, 'absolutely,' and that was pretty much it."
The Draft concludes Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 on MLB.com beginning at 10 a.m. MT.