Monday, June 4, 2012

Colorado Rockies draft prep outfielder David Dahl with first-round pick

The Rockies drafted prep outfielder David Dahl in the first round.
This day may be the most important day of the year for a team like the Colorado Rockies.

Leaning on the draft to find quality players that can be developed, the Rockies picked Alabama high school outfielder David Dahl with the 10th overall pick in the 2012 first-year player draft.

Dahl has a commitment to the University of Auburn, which gives him a certain amount of leverage when it comes to signing the 18-year-old. However, money hasn't been an issue for the Rockies signing their first round pick since 2000.

The left-hander has drawn comparisons to Colby Rasmus, the Blue Jays outfielder with gap power and speed.

Dahl is 6'2" tall and weighs in at 185 lbs. The pick comes as somewhat of a surprise. Very few experts had mentioned the Rockies having a connection with Dahl, yet ColoradoRockies.com mentions he was in Denver this past week working out for the club.

The pick comes as somewhat of a surprise, as high school talent naturally takes longer to get to the big leagues, meaning Dahl will have quite a bit of seasoning before he is ready to help the big league club.

The Rockies also have a sandwich pick at No. 48 as compensation for Mark Ellis signing with the Dodgers in the offseason.

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