Rocky Mountain High School graduate Cole Anderson was taken in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday.
A lifelong Rockies fan, Anderson said it was a thrill to receive the call from the Rockies’ director of scouting, Marc Gustafson.
“It was pretty short and sweet. They were like, ‘Hey, we’re going to pick you up. Are you in?'” Anderson said. “I was like, ‘absolutely,’ and that was pretty much it.”
Anderson graduated in May. The centerfielder led the Lobos with seven home runs and was second with 25 RBIs in 20 games played in 2015. He hit .405 and was tied for the team lead with six stolen bases and two triples. He was part of a state championship team in 2014 with the Lobos.
He was preparing to play for the Northern Colorado Bandits summer league team when he was picked.
“I was just with the family. They were so excited,” Anderson said. “Our house was so loud. Everyone was screaming, we were so excited. Awesome day, incredible day.”
He was the 287th overall pick and the third May graduate in Colorado to be selected.
The deadline for draft picks to sign and forgo college is July 17. Anderson said he’ll let the negotiations take place before deciding which path to choose.
“I think the Rockies are very serious about signing him if they’re taking him that high,” Rocky Mountain coach Scott Bullock said. “Every time you see a Rocky Mountain kid’s name called is really exciting. It never gets old. I’m just thrilled for Cole. He’s an amazing kid and comes from a great family.”
Anderson has signed to play baseball at the University of New Mexico, where fellow Rocky Mountain grads Carl Stajduhar and Tyler Stevens play.
Stajduhar was taken in the 27th round last year but opted to honor his commitment to New Mexico instead of going pro.
“There’s pros and cons both ways,” Bullock said about the pro vs. college decision. “It really comes down to what the kid’s goals are and weighing out pros and cons with what direction he wants his baseball life to go in.”
Anderson joins several other Rocky Mountain graduates to be picked by the Rockies out of high school.
Marco Gonzales was picked in the 29th round out of high school in 2010 by the Rockies but didn’t sign and went to Gonzaga instead. After three years there he was a first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2013 and is now one of the top prospects in the Cardinals organization.
Andy Burns was picked by the Rockies in the 25th round in 2008 but didn’t sign and went in the 11th round to the Blue Jays in 2011 out of Arizona. He’s now in Triple-A in the Blue Jays organization.
Scott Bachman was picked in the 44th round of the 2006 draft by the Rockies. He’s no longer playing baseball.
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