DENVER -- The Rockies weren't pleased a promising 2011 season turned into a 73-89 campaign, but they have to be pleased it resulted in a top 10 Draft pick, which they used to grab David Dahl, the prep outfielder they had coveted."We like him as a person, first and foremost," said Rockies vice president of scouting Mike Schmidt. "He has some speed and power we feel hopefully is going to transfer up here." After selecting Max Butler, a right-handed pitcher who went 7-4 with a 2.20 ERA at Radford University with the 46th pick, the Rockies again nabbed a high school outfielder -- Max White (2nd round, 73rd overall), out of Williston (Fla.) High. "If everything goes as planned, as I've talked about with the Rockies, I plan on signing soon," said White, who had signed to play at the University of Florida. "This is what I've always worked for."
Dahl and White, both southeastern products -- Dahl, from Birmingham, Ala., is an Auburn signee -- bring similar skill sets to the Rockies. Each cite speed and the ability to hit for contact as their greatest strengths. Dahl batted .412 his senior season; White hit .416.After loading up on outfielders early on, the Rockies used the rest of the Draft to balance out a farm system that most scouting services regard as average. Of the 40 drafted players, nineteen are pitchers (two lefties), 13 play in the infield, five are catchers and four are outfielders. The top 10: (10) David Dahl, OF, Oak Mountain (Ala.) High School: Baseball America's third-best outfield prospect, Dahl hit 17 extra-base hits, drove in 17 runs and stole 18 bases as a senior. (46) Eddie Butler, RHP, Radford University: The Big South Co-Pitcher of the Year won seven of 14 starts and struck out 95 hitters in 98 innings. (73) Max White, OF, Williston (Fla.) High School: White expects to play center field at the pro level. He stole 34 bases as a senior. (105) Tom Murphy, C, Buffalo: In his junior season, Murphy slugged .616 and drove in 51 RBIs. Baseball America rates him as the fifth-best catcher in the draft. (128) Ryan Warner, RHP, Pine Creek (Colo.) High School: Warner, 6-foot-7, was Colorado's Gatorade Player of the Year. He went 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA as a senior, striking 89 and 16 walks. (138) Seth Willoughby, RHP, Xavier: Willoughby was a reliever in college, one who boasted a 1.01 ERA. With 28 saves, he's Xavier's all-time saves leader. (168) Matthew Wessinger, SS, St. John's: Wessinger led his team in batting average (.353) and on-base percentage (.442). He also stole 34 bases. (198) Matthew Carasiti, RHP, St. John's: Baseball America considers Carasiti the 160th-best player in the Draft. He had a 3.98 ERA as a junior. (228) Wilfredo Rodriguez, C, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy: Rodriguez comes from the same academy that produced No. 1 overall selection Carlos Correa. (258) Derek Jones, OF, Washington State: In 55 games with the Cougars, Jones hit .335, 17 doubles, three triples, nine homers, 45 RBIs and stole 11 bases.
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.