Shortstops were a big hit at the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night. Arizona selected Vanderbilt slugger Dansby Swanson with the No. 1 pick. With the second pick, Houston took LSU’s Alex Bregman — marking the first time the first two players chosen were shortstops since Shawon Dunston (Cubs) and Augie Schmidt (Blue Jays) in 1982. Colorado made it 3-for-3 — the first time that’s happened in MLB history — by taking Brendan Rodgers.
ROCKIES DRAFT PREP STAR FROM FLORIDA
Rodgers, from Lake Mary High, was widely regarded as the best prep player in the draft. He has power to all fields, soft hands and good range. “I’m in awe right now,” said Rodgers, who had committed to Florida State. “This is a dream come true.” Rodgers, who batted .368 with eight homers in 2015, has reached a contract agreement with the Rockies, according to the Denver Post.
COULD RODGERS END UP IN BOISE?
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The Hawks open June 18 — their first season as an affiliate of the Rockies, who could send Rodgers to Boise this season or in the future. The Rockies drafted college pitchers in the first round of the past two drafts, and started both in Grand Junction (Pioneer League, rookie). Jon Gray (RHP, Oklahoma) was promoted to Modesto (California League, Advanced A) later in the 2013 season, and Kyle Freeland (LHP, Evansville-Indiana) was promoted to Asheville (South Atlantic League, A) in 2014.
WHO ELSE DID THE ROCKIES DRAFT MONDAY
The club selected high school players with their first four picks, including No. 27 pick Mike Nikorak (RHP, Stroudsburg, Pa.), No. 38 Tyler Nevin (3B, Poway, Calif.) and No. 44 Peter Lambert (RHP, San Dimas, Calif.).
WHAT’S NEXT FOR HAWKS?
The Rockies start sending players to Boise on Wednesday, workouts begin Friday at Memorial Stadium and the home opener is June 18 against Tri-City. The Hawks compete in the short-A Northwest League.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DRAFT?
Rounds 3-10 are Tuesday, with the final 30 rounds Wednesday.