Rockies select outfielder, pitcher

The Colorado Rockies today selected David Dahl, an outfielder from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala., with the 10th overall pick in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

The club won’t assign any of this year’s draft picks to a minor league affiliate until later this week. Usually the top draft picks are assigned to Colorado’s Class A short-season affiliate, the Tri-City Dust Devils, in the Northern League, but because Dahl is coming out of high school, he could end up starting his career in Grand Junction.

In the Compensation Round, the Rockies selected Eddie Butler, a right-handed pitcher from Radford University. Butler is 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, although he’s also been listed at 180 pounds. The Rockies see him remaining in his current role as a starting pitcher, said Bill Schmidt, the club’s vice president of scouting.

The Grand Junction Rockies’ first workout is scheduled for June 11 at Suplizio Field, with the first home game June 23.

For more on the first day of the Rockies draft, as well as the first official members of the new club, pick up a copy of Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel or go to overnight.


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Tri City Dust Devils. What a horrible name for a team. I guess this is in the Pasco, Kennwick area of eastern Washington and that definitely is a dusty, desolate place. I wish GJ Rockies were the Class A team rather than Rookie. Maybe that will change in a couple of years as I would imagine that Suplizio Field has more seats than the Dust Devils have. Let’s keep pushing for a single A team here within three to four years. The baseball tradition in Grand Junction deserves at least single A. Colorado Springs has AAA and GJ is about half the size of the Springs. Go GJ Rockies.

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