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You wouldn’t be hopelessly optimistic to get excited for this quartet of purple prospects.  Less volatility in terms of the projections than those outside of the top 10, all aspects of the game are represented here: catcher, outfielder, infielder and pitcher. Together, they could form a foundation for the Rockies next postseason run several years down the road.  Between owning the 8th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft and progress by this group in the first minor league season since 2019, Colorado could begin to climb out of the basement of farm system ranking by the end of this summer if all goes right. Purple Prospects Week Purple Prospects #21-33 Purple Prospects #11-20 Friday, March 26: #3-6 Saturday, March…

The heater is alive and well on this Tuesday episode of The DNVR Bets Daily Podcast! as Ryan Koenigsberg and Andre Simone recap another winning day and get into some MLB futures with DNVR Rockies beat reporter, Drew Creasman. From player props, to win totals, and a couple of darkhorse candidates to win it all the squad has you covered for the upcoming return of the MLB. Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without a fresh new batch of picks.

While it may seem a fool’s errand to attempt a prediction at the results of the 2020 MLB season – let alone whether or not it shall even happen – an effort to forecast next year’s MLB Draft may not be much easier. However, the endeavor is incredibly enticing. The more and more unlikely it becomes that we’ll have a 2020 Opening Day parallels the unprecedented possibility of having no draft the following season. After only five rounds this year on June 10-11, the March 26th agreement between MLB and the MLB Players’ Association dictated the 2021 MLB Draft will be scheduled for 20 rounds, down from the standard 40 in previous years. There’s one caveat to this accord, according…

After wrapping up day two of the 2020 MLB Draft on June 11, the Colorado Rockies had selected six amateur players to add to a cache of purple prospects. Coincidentally and symmetrically, three are high school players and three come from the college ranks; it also breaks down as three hitters and three pitchers. In the fourth round, Colorado looked in-state for the 110th overall selection, RHP Case Williams from Douglas County High School in Castle Rock. By signing the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, Williams now joins Pine Creek’s Ryan Warner (third round, 2012) and Greeley Central’s Shawn Chacon (third round, 1996) as the only Colorado high school players to be selected by the Rockies within the first four rounds of the…

It’s not often that an undrafted player ever makes it through the never-ending bramble of the minor leagues to emerge at the promised land of the big leagues. Recent Rockies such as DJ Johnson and Josh Fuentes both completed this unlikely route after getting overlooked following stints at Western Oregon University and Missouri Baptist University, respectively. With a markedly different 2020 MLB Draft than the first 55 versions, only five rounds of 160 total players were selected. Previously, 40 rounds and approximately 1,200 players drafted was the standard before this year’s drastic alteration. The difference translates to an additional thousand-plus young men as undrafted free agents. Following a 48-hour period of no contact or communication that ended June 14 at…

On Wednesday night, the Colorado Rockies selected left-handed hitting outfielder Zac Veen with the ninth overall pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The 18-year-old out of Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, FL is just the third outfielder ever selected by the Rockies in the first round following David Dahl (2012) and Kyle Parker (2010). The recently named Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year for 2019-20 was a 2019 Perfect Game All-American and had been selected to play in the 2020 Under Armour All-American Game and the Perfect Game All-America Classic as part of the summer showcase circuit at Wrigley Field and Petco Park, respectively. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder packed on 20 pounds of muscle…

DNVR Rockies beat reporters Drew Creasman and Patrick Lyons battle for supremacy discussing various hot topics pertaining to the inhabitants of 2001 Blake Street as well all the scuttlebutt in-and-around the game of baseball. Welcome to the DNVR Rockies MLB Draft 2020 Preview Series where we profile individuals we think make the most sense for Colorado to target on Wednesday, June 10, 5:00 MT. We will have full live coverage on Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube. Is the end of the world if they select a player out of high school? Lyons: With three of the first 46 picks in this year’s draft, by no means have the Rockies lost if they choose a prep player. The likes of Riley…

In the NBA, NFL, and, perhaps, NHL – I’m not sure yet I’m still learning – a team with a certain positional need throughout their organization would suggest that position should undoubtedly be targeted in the upcoming draft. As is often the case, things are a bit different in MLB. The time between being drafted and reaching the highest levels – the success/failure rate of top prospects, even the possibility that a player might completely change position before ever impacting the big league club – all amount to a need to adopt a different approach. Still, the Colorado Rockies arguably have a need at catcher both in the Bigs and throughout their farm system. Tony Wolters is the incumbent starter…

Next week marks the start of the 2020 MLB Draft and DNVR Rockies is planning full live coverage of the first round on Wednesday, June 10. While this year’s draft has been limited to only five rounds, Colorado has a great opportunity to bolster its farm system with the seventh-highest bonus pool of the 30 teams at $10,339,700. The Rockies will still have six selections during the two-day affair including the ninth overall pick as well as a competitive balance pick at 35th overall. With just over a week until the big day, the Brothers of Conjunction sat down to create a mock draft of the first ten selections. Drew Creasman selected first and made all odd numbered picks while Patrick…

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