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And the Rockies select….

Published: June 6, 2013, 7:21 pm, by Paul Klee

… not the guy I lobbied for in today’s Gazette. That would be Kris Bryant. Particularly given the Rockies’ history with selecting pitchers in the first round, I thought the power hitter from the University of San Diego would be ideal at Coors Field.

Alas, Bryant was gone when the Rockies went on the clock at No. 3. The Cubs took Bryant at No. 2.

Here’s the guy coming to a ballpark near you (hopefully sooner, rather than later): Jonathan Gray.

I know very little about Gray. Certainly not enough to form an opinion. He’s a 6-foot-4 righthander out of the University of Oklahoma. I’m going with my buddy Troy Renck, the superb baseball writer at the Denver Post, who says it’s a no-brainer pick.

Gray throws hard.

“I can bring up triple digits (on the radar gun) whenever,” he told us tonight on a conference call.

He grew up wanting to emulate Nolan Ryan.

“Me and my brother loved the way he pitched,” Gray said.

He has no history with injury. With a handful of Rockies pitchers breaking down in the farm system, that’s a positive.

“I’ve never had any arm problems in my life.”

So, there you go. The Rockies took a power pitcher in the first round. Here’s hoping Jonathan Gray is in the bigs before long.

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