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5 College Arms That Colorado Rockies Should Consider Drafting

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The start of the 2013 MLB draft is just a couple of minutes away, and the Colorado Rockies will need to be ready. The Rockies have a chance to grab an elite prospect with the no. 3 overall pick. But who will it be?

It doesn't take a baseball genius to understand that the Rockies' pitching staff needs some major help. The team ranks at or near the bottom of most significant pitching statistics. More than likely, there are going to be at least a few pitchers from this year's class who end up being good major league arms. The question is, which pitchers are the ones who may have a chance to pitch in a Rockies uniform one day?

This slideshow will attempt to answer that question by looking at a couple of college pitchers that the Rockies should consider. This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor do I guarantee that all of these young men will become stars in the major leagues.

One last note before we start the list: my goal in putting together this list was to name five pitchers who are far enough removed from each other on most prospect lists that they could reasonably all be drafted by one team. Thus, you will not be seeing top prospects such as Jonathan Gray or Ryne Stanek for the simple reason that the Rockies will not, in all likelihood, have a chance to draft them.

With all that being said, let's get to the list.

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1. Mark Appel

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RHP, Stanford University

There's not much left to say about Appel that hasn't already been said.

At this point, all signs are pointing towards Jonathan Gray being the first overall pick. This means that if the Chicago Cubs decide to pass on Appel, then he will be there for the Rockies to draft. The only question is whether they're willing to meet his huge salary demands.

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2. Kevin Ziomek

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LHP, Vanderbilt

Ziomek was originally drafted in the 13th round coming out of high school, but declined to sign a contract and went to Vanderbilt. Ziomek typically works in the low 90s with a fastball and features a plus change-up and slider.

Ziomek's ceiling is probably as a no. 2 starter if things break right.

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3. Tyler Skulina

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RHP, Kent State University

Skulina was drafted in the 46th round following a prolific high school career in which he amassed a 26-0 record. He decided to pass on his draft offer and enrolled at the University of Virginia. However, Skulina transferred to Kent State in order to get more playing time following his freshman year.

Skulina will likely take longer to develop than the first two names on this list, but his 6-foot-5, 235-pound frame means that his potential is virtually limitless.

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4. Dillon Overton

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LHP, Oklahoma University

The other draft-eligible pitcher from Oklahoma, Overton started his career as a Sooner coming out of the bullpen, and didn't crack the starting rotation until this season. However, he is a lefty who throws a ton of strikes and can get over 90 mph with his fastball.

Overton isn't a big guy; he weighs 160-180 pounds, depending on who you believe. However, he's a polished college arm, and should crack the back end of a starting rotation in the major leagues sooner rather than later.

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5. Dace Kime

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RHP, Louisville University

Kime was originally an eighth-round selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he chose to attend Louisville instead.

Kime is by far the most "toolsy" pitcher on this list. With only one year of starting experience under his belt, he still is probably a long way from pitching on a major league mound. But Kime can run his fastball up to the plate at 95 mph, and Perfect Game has raved about his breaking stuff since he was a high schooler.