Colorado Rockies Should Select OF David Dahl in 2012 MLB Draft

By David LaRose

The 2012 MLB Amateur Draft is tonight and it’s a chance for many young men to realize their life long dream of being drafted to a major league team.

With news that the 1st overall pick has already been decided, it leaves the rest of the draft up for question.

The Colorado Rockies have the 10th overall selection in this year’s draft and they are expected to select Oak Mountain H.S. outfielder David Dahl. Dahl is a five tool player and is rated as one of the top high school prospects in the country. He plays consistent defense, has a strong arm and quality foot speed. Dahl isn’t a pure power hitter but he hits for a high average and squares up the ball with regularity.  From the description he reminds me of current Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez but he has also been compared to the Toronto Blue Jays’ Colby Rasmus

Baseball America has Dahl pegged as the No. 2 prep outfielder, No. 3 overall outfielder and the No. 3 overall prep player in this year’s draft. Scouts say that he has one of the best bats in the nation and plenty of colleges around the country have taken notice.

He’s received offers from plenty of powerhouse universities in the Southeast including Florida State, Clemson and Alabama but he’s chosen to stay in-state. He committed to Auburn University and if he is drafted he will still consider a collegiate career.

The Rockies have had a few players from the last few year’s drafts that have chosen different paths instead of joining their minor league system. Two seasons ago they drafted Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker who chose to stay for his senior year to lead the Tigers. Last season they drafted Russell Wilson from NC State but we all know that he chose football over baseball, eventually being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Regardless if Dahl decides to play college or professional baseball, he should have a successful career.

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