Rockies Press Release
Rockies make eight selections on day two of 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft
DENVER - Through two days of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft the Colorado Rockies have selected 11 total players, five pitchers, three infielders and three outfielders. The Rockies made eight selections on day two of the draft today. Each of the Rockies' eight selections are detailed below, and the club's first three picks from day one are recapped as well.
Third Round Selection (77th overall): LHP Sam Moll, University of Memphis (TN)
Moll, 21, went 9-3 with a 2.30 ERA (94.0 ip, 24 er), 32 walks and 106 strikeouts in 15 starts for the University of Memphis as a junior in 2013. Moll led the Tigers in wins, ERA and strikeouts in 2013 and was named to the All-Conference USA First-Team. In three seasons at Memphis, Moll has gone 17-9 with a 2.86 ERA in 230.0 innings pitched. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Moll had 213 career strikeouts, the 7th-most in Memphis program history. Moll was rated the 117th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America, as well as the 5th-best player from the state of Tennessee.
Fourth Round Selection (109th overall): RF Jordan Patterson, University of South Alabama
Patterson, 21, hit .352 (82-for-233) with 25 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 49 RBI and 69 runs scored in 63 games for South Alabama as a junior in 2013. He led the Jaguars in hits, doubles, total bases (121), runs and on-base percentage (.485). Patterson was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2013, becoming the sixth Jaguar all-time to win the award and first since David Freese in 2006. Patterson was rated the 6th-best player in the draft from the state of Alabama by Baseball America.
Fifth Round Selection (139th overall): RHP Blake Shouse, Middle Georgia College
Shouse, 20, led Middle Georgia College with his 25 appearances in 2013 while going 2-0 with 12 saves, a 1.07 ERA (25.1 ip, 3 er), 7 walks and 35 strikeouts. Shouse was also a regular infielder for the Warriors, and hit .309 (59-for-191) with 15 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 29 RBI in 51 games. Shouse was rated the 14th-best player in the draft from the state of Georgia by Baseball America, as well as the state's 5th-best pitcher.
Sixth Round Selection (169th overall): INF Dominic Nunez, Elk Grove High School (CA)
Nunez, 18, hit .449 (40-for-89) with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs, 25 RBI and 34 runs scored in 30 games during his senior season at Elk Grove High School in Sacramento, CA. Nunez also played on the 2012 USA Baseball 18-Under National Team that won the 2012 IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championship in Seoul, South Korea. He hit .316 with 10 runs and 8 RBI in 13 games for the 18U USA Baseball Team at the World Championships. Nunez was rated the 65th overall player in the draft by Baseball America and the 16th-best player from the state of California.
Seventh Round Selection (199th overall): RHP Konner Wade, University of Arizona
Wade, 21, was named a 2013 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American (Second-Team) and went 5-6 with a 4.30 ERA (104.2 ip, 50 er), 24 walks and 64 strikeouts in 15 starts for the Wildcats as a junior in 2013. Wade helped lead the Wildcats to the 2012 College World Series Championship. He was a member of the 2012 College World Series All-Tournament Team, as he tossed two complete games at the 2012 CWS. Wade was rated the 9th-best player in the draft from the state of Arizona by Baseball America.
Eighth Round Selection (229th overall): CF Terry McClure, Riverwood International Charter School (GA)
McClure, 17, batted .386 (34-for-88) with 9 doubles, 8 home runs, 39 RBI and 34 runs for the Riverwood Raiders in Sandy Springs, GA. McClure was named to the Rawlings Preseason All-American Team in 2013. McClure was rated the 164th-best player in the draft by Baseball America, as well as the 10th overall player from the state of Georgia.
Ninth Round Selection (259th overall): SS Patrick Valaika, UCLA
Valaika, 20, has hit .260 (58-for-223) with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, 42 RBI, 31 runs and 8 stolen bases in 59 games for the Bruins as a junior in 2013. Valaika leads the Bruins in extra-base hits (21), doubles, home runs and RBI while playing shortstop. He has helped lead UCLA to the Super Regional this season, where they will play Cal. State Fullerton for the chance to advance to the College World Series. Valaika was rated the 94th-best prospect in the draft from the state of California by Baseball America.
10th Round Selection (289th overall): OF Michael Tauchman, Bradley University (IL)
Tauchman, 22, batted .425 (79-for-186) with 16 doubles, 5 triples, 2 home runs, 41 RBI, 52 runs and 28 stolen bases in 49 games as a senior for the Bradley Braves in 2013. Tauchman was named a Second-Team member of the 2013 Louisville Slugger All-American squad. Additionally, Tauchman was the 2013 Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, a member of the 2013 MVC First-Team All-Conference squad, a MVC All-Defensive Team member and a MVC Scholar Athlete First-Team member. Tauchman leads Division I Baseball with his .425 batting average and is 4th with his .513 on-base percentage. The 6-foot-2 left-handed hitter was rated the 5th-best player in the draft from the state of Illinois by Baseball America.
On day one of the draft, the Rockies made three selections, RHP Jonathan Gray (3rd overall) from the University of Oklahoma in the first round, 3B Ryan McMahon (42nd overall) from Mater Dei High School (CA) in the second round and RHP Alex Balog from San Francisco University (CA) in Competitive Balance Round B.
Gray, 21, was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First-Team in 2013. He was also a Second-Team member of the Louisville Slugger All-America team. In 16 starts for the Sooners thus far in 2013, Gray has gone 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA (119.0 ip, 21 er), 22 walks, 138 strikeouts and a .188 opponent's batting average. He has four complete games, two of which are complete game shutouts. Gray's Sooners were the 2013 Big 12 Tournament Champions and are playing Louisiana State in a Super Regional beginning tonight for a chance to go to the 2013 College World Series.
Gray was rated the 1st overall player in the draft by Baseball America and the 2nd overall player in the draft by MLB.com. The 6-foot-4, 239 pound right-hander was rated as having the best fastball in the draft by Baseball America. Gray's 138 strikeouts are the 2nd-most NCAA Division I, while his 0.84 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) was the 4th-lowest mark in the nation.
A native of Shawnee, OK, Gray was previously selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 13th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and by the New York Yankees in the 10th round of the 2011 draft. He attended Eastern Oklahoma State College (Junior College) in 2011, where he posted a 6-2 record with a 2.89 ERA and 61 strikeouts prior to transferring to Oklahoma for the 2012 season. The right-hander went 8-4 with a 3.16 ERA (102.2 ip, 36 er), 42 walks and 104 strikeouts in 18 starts for the Sooners in 2012.
McMahon, 18, hit .353 (36-for-102) with 11 doubles, 4 home runs, 23 RBI and 16 runs in 30 games played as a senior at Mater Dei High School in 2013. McMahon (6-foot-3, 190-pounds) was rated the 20th best prospect in the draft from the state of California by Baseball America. McMahon was the Trinity League Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2013 for Mater Dei HS. McMahon was rated the 78th overall player in the draft by MLB.com and the 82nd player by Baseball America.
Balog, 20, went 3-4 with a 3.63 ERA (91.2 ip, 37 er), 33 walks and 67 strikeouts in 14 starts for the Dons as a junior in 2013. He led the University of San Francisco in innings pitched and strikeouts and held opponents to a .274 average against. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound right-hander was named to the 2011 West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team in his first season at USF. He was rated the 9th overall player in the draft from the state of California, and the 9th overall right-handed pitcher available in the draft by Baseball America. Balog was rated the 32nd overall player in the draft by Baseball America and the 44th overall player in the draft by MLB.com.