Baseball: Top Colorado prospects await MLB draft

Baseball: Top Colorado prospects await MLB draft


Baseball: Top Colorado prospects await MLB draft


DENVER – The first and second round of the Major League Baseball draft takes place tomorrow, and among the many hopeful prospects who will sit around awaiting the phone call they’ve dreamed of, are two Colorado pitchers.

Marco Gonzales and Alec Hansen are both expected to be taken within first the two days of the draft, with Gonzales projected to go in the first round, and Hansen following shortly after in round three or four.

Gonzales played his high school baseball at Rocky Mountain, where he won four state championships, helping him get a scholarship to play baseball at Gonzaga. He also grabbed the attention of the Colorado Rockies, who drafted him in the 29th round out of high school, before he ultimately decided Gonzaga was the best fit at the time.

At Gonzaga, he continued to excel, combining for a 19-4 record with a total ERA of 2.09 in his first two seasons.

This year, the Junior went 7-3 with a 2.80 ERA, along with being nominated for the Golden Spikes Award for the second consecutive year, which is awarded to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

What may be equally as impressive is his ability to swing the stick as well, leading his team with a .311 average, paired with 26 RBIs.

Hansen, who is also a northern Colorado prep star, recently graduated from Loveland.

At 6’7″, he is equipped with the ability to not only intimidate his opponents with stature, but overpower them with a fastball averaging 93 MPH as well. He finished this season with a 0.94 ERA, only allowing opponents to hit .121 and striking out 69 batters in 29 innings.

Right now, the plan is for Hansen to play baseball for the University of Oklahoma on scholarship, but that can all change if he is drafted early enough in the first few rounds. If not, he may follow the footsteps of Gonzales, or most recently Kevin Gausman, the standout from Grandview who chose college out of high school before getting drafted fourth overall by the Baltimore Orioles.

If all goes well this week, Hansen and Gonzales may be joining Gausman on the big stage soon and continue to drive attention to the rising level of talent throughout the state. 


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