The Rockies will have four of top 100 selections in the first-year player draft. In addition to their own selections in the first (No. 23), second (No. 62) and third (No. 100) rounds, the Rockies have the 77th selection as a Competitive Balance Round B selection, which is based on a formula involving where a team finished in 2018 and its population base.
The draft will begin with the first two rounds on Monday and Tuesday, and run through Wednesday with a total of 40 rounds.
The Rockies have had four selections within the first 100 six times in the last 10 years, including five selections in 2015 and 2009. They also had four in 2018, 2016, 2014 and 2014.
Jason Kendall, selected by the Pirates in 1992, has the highest WAR of any 23rd selection in the history of the first-year player draft, one of only five 23rd selections to finish with a WAR of 20 or better.
In Thursday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (25-30) won 7-5 against Reno (D-backs). Brian Mundell (.376) was 2-for-3 with a run scored, triple and RBI, and Pat Valaika (.354) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and two RBI. Elliott Soto (.331) and Sam Hilliard (.248) also had two hits. Soto had a double and triple, and scored a run, and Hillard had a triple, stolen base and scored two runs. Pat Dean (1-4, 7.89) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out two, in 5 1/3 innings.
AA Hartford (30-22) won 3-2 in 11 innings against Portland (Red Sox). The Yard Goats struck out a franchise-best 18 batters. They have won eight of their last 19 series. The crowd of 6,850 marked the team's 13th sellout. Heath Holder (3-1, 1.32) earned the win in relief, striking out two in one inning. Tyler Nevin (.220) delivered the game-winning single. Colton Welker (.315) delivered a double that scored Nevin with the team's first run in the seventh, and back-to-back eighth-inning doubles from Bret Boswell (.190) and Manny Melendez (.247) produced the game-tying run.
High A Lancaster (27-25) lost 8-5 against Stockton (A's). Salvador Justo retired two batters in the ninth, giving up five runs on five hits, capped off by Austin Beck's two-run home run. He suffered his fourth blown save. Todd Czinege (.260) was 2-for-4 with his eighth home run. Luis Castro (.307) was 2-for-3 with home runs No. 10 and 11. Ramon Marcelino (.221) added his eighth home run. Center fielder Luke Morgan, who hit .263 at Low-A Asheville, was promoted to Lancaster.
Low A Asheville (22-30) lost 8-3 against West Virginia (Mariners). Shelby Lackey (1-6, 5.92) allowed eight runs, six earned, on eight hits and two walks, striking out six in five innings. Terrin Vavra (.321) had two doubles in four at-bats, and scored a run. Willie MacIver (.264) double and drove in a run.