Rockies With Three Picks on Day One of MLB Draft

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DENVER – With the 3rd overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft tonight, the Colorado Rockies selected right-handed pitcher Jonathan Gray from the University of Oklahoma. Gray was rated the 1st overall player in the draft by Baseball America and the 2nd overall player in the draft by MLB.com.

“Jonathan has a power arm and he is a great competitor,” said Rockies Vice President of Scouting Bill Schmidt. “Jonathan is a good kid who we feel he has a chance to be a quality starting Major League pitcher.”

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 tomorrow for a chance to go to the 2013 College World Series.

Gray (6-foot-4, 239 pounds) 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.

With the club’s 2nd round selection (42nd overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft tonight, the Colorado Rockies selected third baseman Ryan McMahon from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. McMahon was rated the 78th overall player in the draft by MLB.com and the 82nd overall player in the draft by Baseball America.

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.

With the 70th overall selection (Competitive Balance Round B) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft tonight, the Colorado Rockies selected right-handed pitcher Alex Balog from the University of San Francisco. Balog was rated the 32nd overall player in the draft by Baseball America and the 44th overall player in the draft by MLB.com

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.




 
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