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Rox select Sooners lefty Waltrip in Round 12

He may not carry a pedigree equal to that of third overall pick Jonathan Gray, but the Rockies took another pitcher from Oklahoma in the 12th round of the First-Year Player Draft when they selected southpaw Billy Waltrip.

Waltrip began the year as a starter, but quickly moved to the bullpen, where he will likely stay at the professional level. His fastball can climb into the low-90s, but usually hangs in the high-80s. The lefty complements that fastball with a slider that allows him to pile up strikeouts.

Waltrip struggled with command as a junior, likely a product of his mechanical delivery, finishing with a 5.15 ERA and a 2-3 record in 20 appearances. He also struck out 45.

If the left-hander can regain control, he could be a solid bullpen piece for Colorado down the road.

Before joining Gray at Oklahoma this year, Waltrip played two years at Seminole State College in Florida, finishing 7-2 with a 1.60 ERA in his final year of junior college ball. The Orioles selected Waltrip out of Seminole State in the 12th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, but he elected to delay the big leagues for the chance to play Big 12 baseball.

Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
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