Dahl adds another award to trophy case

David Dahl is serious about moving up the organizational ladder with the Colorado Rockies.

The Rockies’ No. 1 draft pick last spring and the Pioneer League MVP this past summer with the Grand Junction Rockies has moved from Birmingham, Ala., to Phoenix for the winter to train at Athletes’ Performance Institute.

“He’s doing this on his own,” said Michael Ruvolo, the GJ Rockies assistant general manager who was Dahl’s host dad last summer. Dahl spent two months in Scottsdale, Ariz., this fall with the Rockies’ instructional league team, and after a few weeks at home, returned to Arizona this week to start preparing in earnest for his first spring training camp.

Outfielder Carl Thomore, who spent much of the summer on GJ’s injured list with a hamstring problem, also moved to Phoenix to work with the Rockies’ training staff to try to prevent any more leg problems.

Wednesday, Dahl received his latest professional accolade, being selected to the Topps Short Season A/Rookie All-Star team.

Four first-round picks from the 2012 draft made the nine-man roster. Dahl was the No. 10 pick overall and is one of two 18-year-olds on the list, along with Dorssys Paulino of the Dominican Republic, who plays in the Cleveland organization. Paulino, a shortstop, split his season between the Arizona League (rookie) and the New York-Penn League (short season-A).

Dahl spent the entire season in rookie ball, leading the GJ Rockies to the Pioneer League playoffs. He led the league in hitting at .279, with nine home runs and 57 RBI. He also had a league-leading 27-game hitting streak and finished with 22 doubles and 10 triples. He’s moved up to No. 3 on the Rockies prospect watch, behind third baseman Nolan Arenado and shortstop Trevor Story.

The other first-round draft picks on the Topps team are shortstop Joey Gallo (Rangers, 39th pick), catcher Mike Zunino (Seattle, third pick) and outfielder Jesse Winkler (Cincinnati, 49th pick), who played for Billings in the Pioneer League. The only pitcher on the team is Toronto’s Taylor Cole (6-0, 0.81 ERA), who played for Vancouver in the Northwest League.


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