The Colorado Rockies had a compensatory pick in the first-round which ended up being the 35th overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft and the team would end up selecting second baseman Forrest Wall out of Orangewood Christian High School in Maitland, Florida.
Height/Weight: 6’1″, 180.
School: Orangewood Christian HS (Florida)
College Commitment: North Carolina
Wall is just 18-years-old and stacks up at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and put on quite the hitting clinic during his senior year. Wall would finish the 2014 campaign batting .500 (28-for-56) with 31 runs and 16 RBI’s. He was listed as the number one second base prospect in the draft by Baseball America.
Wall might not be a high-ceiling type of player, but he has the tools to be a solid everyday player for quite some time. He is known for his exceptional speed where he swiped 70-of-71 (98.5%) throughout his high school career.
One iffy part about the second baseman is that his arm hasn’t been the same. Wall was originally a shortstop but converted to second base due to a separated shoulder and torn labrum.
Wall also has surprising pop for his size and it will only get better with training and repetition. Here is a fun fact for you, Wall would defeat Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista in a home run derby back in January to raise money for his high school, Orangewood Christian High — impressive.
Here is a quote from a scout on the talented second baseman:
“He’s left-handed, he’s a plus-plus runner, he’s got a good swing and he’s real athletic,” a regional crosschecker said. “He’s a great kid. There aren’t a lot of bats out here, so if a team will look past his arm, he could go pretty good.”
Colorado definitely looked past his arm and is hoping for solid production from his bat and his speed on the base paths.
ETA: 2017 or 2018.