Ty Madden to the Rockies? MLB.com’s mock draft has Texas pitching prospect headed to Colorado. – The Denver Post

The Rockies could be getting a top-rated right-handed pitching prospect if one MLB mock draft is to be believed.

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has Colorado selecting Texas Longhorns’ Ty Madden with the No. 8 overall pick. The 21-year-old is the No. 9-ranked prospect in the draft, according to MLB.com.

“If the Rockies go college arm here, it could also be Gunnar Hoglund, but I moved him down because he was scratched from his start this weekend,” Mayo writes.

In three years at Texas, Madden compiled a 13-3 record with a 2.50 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 136 2/3 innings.

“Madden added 35 pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame in college and the extra strength has helped him not only to improve his pitches but also to repeat his sound delivery more consistently,” according to MLB.com’s scouting report. “He walked just four batters in four starts last spring and scouts love the way he attacks hitters. He has the ingredients to become a frontline starter.”

Colorado has had a long history of selecting pitchers in the first round. Since the Rockies entered the league, they have selected 24 pitchers (16 right-handers and eight lefties) out of their 42 total picks in the first round or supplemental first round.

However, none of those pitchers ever became an all-star in Colorado. Jake Westbrook (1996) was named the all-star team in 2004 for the Indians. Westbrook also has the highest career wins against replacement (WAR) of the Rockies’ first-round pitchers at 13.1, followed by Kyle Freeland (12.7), 2001 rookie of the year Jason Jennings (11.2) and Jon Gray (11.0).

MLB.com projects Vanderbilt right-hander Jack Leiter to be the top overall pick to the Pirates.

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