DENVER -- For two whirlwind days, most of the Rockies’ 2021 MLB Draft picks came to Coors Field for a couple of games with the Mariners to get within a few seating rows of their dream.
COVID protocols prevented them from meeting players, so high school outfielder Benny Montgomery, the Rockies’ first-round pick and the eighth overall pick in the Draft, tried to put himself in the batter’s box.
“I do try to pick up pitchers’ pitches, even when I'm in the stands -- which is a completely different thing to do,” Montgomery said.
Second-rounder Jaden Hill, a power pitcher from LSU coming off Tommy John surgery, watched Rockies starter Germán Márquez during his 6-4 loss on Tuesday night, saying, “It was awesome watching him, you know, from the All-Star Game, seeing him on TV [and] seeing his highlights, then seeing him in person, how he reacted when he got in trouble. He [stayed] composed and he kept battling.”
Lefty starter Joe Rock, a compensatory pick from Ohio University, admired outfielder Charlie Blackmon from afar.
“He's a big hunter-fisherman, and that's what I like to do,” Rock said.
Of course, it is a long way from being hosted by the organization in the stands to taking the field for the Rockies. But at least the Draft picks got a small taste of the big-time life, accepting large sums of money to live out their dream.
Over the last two days, Colorado signed all but one of its 21 picks, according to Marc Gustafson, the Rockies’ senior director of scouting operations (all the bonuses have not yet been posted).
Only University of Arkansas right-handed pitcher Elijah Trest, the 19th-rounder, is undecided about accepting the club’s offer. Gustafson said both player and club are making sure they are comfortable with a potential deal. Trest’s option is to return to Arkansas for his senior year.