What a thrill
Rockies' first pick David Dahl 'honored' to be picked so high
David Dahl’s head was still spinning Tuesday.
The kid who just last week graduated from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala., still is trying to comprehend being the 10th overall selection in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in,” Dahl said Tuesday via conference call. “I woke up this morning thinking it was just a dream, and to actually (know) it was true and happening was pretty special. I’m really excited.”
Dahl, 18, worked out for the Rockies last week and came away impressed by Coors Field.
“I loved it,” he said. “I went last week to hit, throw and run for the Rockies’ scouts and GM and ended up running my best time, a 6.40 (60-yard dash), and I had some great throws from the outfield.
“Hitting, the ball just flies out there. I hit nine out in (batting practice). I love the park; it looks like a great place to play.”
Not a power hitter, Dahl said he hit three home runs his senior year of high school in the thick Alabama air. He hit .412 with 11 doubles, three triples and 17 RBI his senior year, and he stole 18 bases.
“I’m usually not a power guy. I hit them in the gaps,” he said. “I’m not much of a power hitter, but I think my time at Coors Field will help me out a lot.
“It doesn’t carry here as much as Colorado for sure. It was real fun hitting in Colorado.”
Dahl spent Monday with family and friends, and when his phone rang, Colorado was on the other end.
“My head just started spinning, I was so excited,” he said. “Every emotion possible to see my dream come true, and to get drafted in the first round as high as I did, I’m just honored.”
He’ll take the next couple of days to enjoy it and make a decision on whether to sign or take a scholarship to Auburn.
“I think in a couple of days we’ll fly out (to Denver). I’m not sure what we’re going to do right now,” he said. “Today and last night, I’m enjoying this opportunity I have, and I’ll sit down and talk about it with my parents. I want to have fun and enjoy it.”
Through Tuesday, the Rockies drafted eight pitchers, all right-handers, two catchers, three infielders (two first basemen, one shortstop) and four outfielders. Today’s final day has rounds 16 to 40, starting at 10 a.m.
A Colorado pitcher, Ryan Warner from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, was selected with the 128th overall pick in the Compensation Round B.
Warner went 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA this season for the Eagles, who finished 20-4, losing to Regis Jesuit in the third round of the Class 5A state tournament. The 6-foot-7 right-hander struck out 89 and walked 29 his senior year, allowing teams to hit only .154 against him.
On MaxPreps, his college choice reads: Committed to Colorado Rockies. Warner told the Denver Post on Tuesday he was going to skip playing at North Carolina State to sign with the Rockies.
The Rockies’ second-round pick was center fielder Max White from Williston (Fla.) High School, and in the third round they selected catcher Tom Murphy from the University of Buffalo.