The Colorado Rockies made a big splash last year in drafting New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15 alums Zac Veen and Drew Romo, both in the first round.
This year, they found incredible value on the third day of the draft while going back to their FSS notes, taking Nic Kent with the 320th overall pick in the 11th round.
Kent was a member of the National Team at the inaugural International Week event in 2017, and earned that invitation thanks to a strong showing for US Elite at the National Tournaments that year.
“Defender,” said Jeremy Booth, CEO and president of the Future Stars Series. “We said that when he was a senior in high school, 70 defender. He made some plays in the College World Series that shows you that he’s a 70 defender. Whether or not he’s a Double-A tops guy or he’s a big leaguer is going to depend on how much he does with the bat. I think he’s better than a couple of guys that were drafted in higher rounds in previous years, but he’s from Virginia and there’s a tendency to churn out shortstops; Chris Taylor, who became an outfielder, is a guy we took when I was with Seattle. But I believe in Nic as a person and the makeup, and if he defends himself at all and can move runners and bunt guys over and hit .240, he’ll be play in the big leagues.”
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