Alex Haynes left Grand Junction less than a week ago.

He could be headed back to Suplizio Field in the next couple of weeks.

The Walters State Community College (Tenn.) right-handed pitcher was drafted Wednesday by the Colorado Rockies in the 15th round of the amateur draft, and could be assigned to play for the Grand Junction Rockies if he chooses to sign.

Haynes, who started two games in last week's Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, striking out 13 and walking four in 8 1/3 innings, has signed to play at the University of Tennessee next season. He went 9-2 with a 2.50 ERA this season for the Senators, with 114 strikeouts and 31 walks in 82 2/3 innings.

The Rockies stuck with drafting primarily college players on the final day, reserving their high school picks for the late rounds — those prep players taken in the final few rounds often opt for college, although some sign pro contracts.

Another 13 pitchers were drafted Wednesday by Colorado, including Haynes, who had Tommy John surgery two years ago.

One name that's familiar with Rockies fans is Yorvis Torrealba, the son of former Colorado catcher Yorvit Torrealba. The younger Torrealba is a 6-foot, 195-pound outfielder at the University of Tampa, one of the final four teams remaining in the Division II World Series, on the opposite side of the bracket as Colorado Mesa.

A teammate of Torrealba's, right-handed pitcher Keven Pimentel, was taken by Colorado in the 28th round. Pimentel is a senior, Torrealba a junior.

Mississippi State continued to be a popular school with the Rockies, who drafted Bulldogs' left-handed pitcher Tryten Barlow in the 16th round, right-hander Keegan James in the 25th round and first baseman Tanner Allen in the 34th round.

Also taken on the final day were a half-dozen catchers, six outfielders, one first baseman, two shortstops and two third basemen.

One of those hot corner players is Hunter Fitz-Gerald out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the same school that produced third baseman Colton Welker, the Rockies' top prospect, according to MLB.com, now that Brendan Rodgers has been called up.

A few other players from last week's JUCO World Series who were drafted Wednesday could make appearances at Suplizio Field this summer or next, depending on if they sign and where they're assigned.

Chipola College right-hander Andrew Baker and third baseman Julio Carrion were drafted Wednesday by the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose Advanced Rookie team is in Ogden.

Central Arizona right-hander Dakota Donovan was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, with its Rookie club in Orem; teammate Jonathan Stroman, another right-hander, was drafted by Arizona (Missoula) and Chipola shortstop Joshua Rivera went to the Chicago White Sox (Great Falls).

No Colorado Mesa players were drafted this year. Colorado Mines outfielder Trevor Kehe was taken in the 36th round by Baltimore and CSU-Pueblo right-hander Beau Brieske went in the 27th round to Detroit.

Recommended for you