fbpx
Favorites

© 2022 BVM Sports. Best Version Media, LLC.

Favorites

Rockies make dream come true by drafting Colorado native Case Williams

Rockies make dream come true by drafting Colorado native Case Williams
Douglas County grad Case Williams was picked 110th overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 2020 MLB Draft. (Photo: Colorado Rockies, Courtesy: @TheCaseWilliams/Twitter)

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (BVM) — There were more highly-touted prospects that the Colorado Rockies could’ve chosen in the fourth round of last month’s pandemic-shortened, five-round Major League Baseball Draft.

Douglas County High School grad Case Williams wasn’t ranked among MLB Pipeline’s top 200 prospects or even the Baseball America top 500. But the Rockies clearly saw something special in Williams, and with the 110th overall selection, they made a dream come true for the lifelong Rockies fan.

“We were all just sitting there watching and I got a call, and I started to tear up, as well as my dad,” Williams said in an interview with MLB.com. “It was kind of quiet, just me, my mom, dad, sister and dog. We were all in the family room seeing what would happen. It was just three picks away. It felt like forever, and it happened. It was so unbelievable. It didn’t feel real.”

While the standout 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander may have been overlooked in the draft rankings, he was considered to be the top right-handed pitcher in his state by Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report. He finished his high school career 14-2 with a 2.98 ERA and 134 strikeouts. In his final season with the Huskies — as a junior in 2019 — he went 8-1 with a 1.81 ERA and 79 strikeouts.

The Santa Clara University commit might have drawn more interest from big league clubs had his senior season not been wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Rockies already liked what they had seen in Williams, who competed with the Rockies’ Fall Scout Team last year. President of scouting Bill Schmidt was also impressed by Williams’ performance at last summer’s Area Code Games, which were held in Long Beach, Calif.

“If you ever went there, you’d see maybe 500 scouts sitting behind home plate, with [radar] guns,” Schmidt told MLB.com. “It can be a little bit intimidating. But it didn’t faze him.”

Williams’ fourth-round selection is the highest a Colorado high school player has been picked since left-handed pitcher Brock Burke (Evergreen High School) was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the third round of the 2014 draft. Pine Creek’s Ryan Warner (third round, 2012) and Greeley Central’s Shawn Chacon (third round, 1996) are the only other Colorado high school players to be taken by the Rockies in the first four rounds.

Williams, whose fastball has topped out at 96 mph, was set on playing college ball for the Broncos, but less than a week after the draft he decided to sign with the Rockies for a $450,000 bonus.

“I had just always been working hard for Santa Clara,” Williams told MLB.com after being drafted. “It just happened to be that this opportunity came about, and here we are.”

Get local sports news direct to your inbox

Originals

more
Top PG Robert Dillingham chooses Kentucky

Top PG Robert Dillingham chooses Kentucky

The latest prep prospect to change his collegiate destination is Robert Dillingham, who committed to…

Noah LaFine proving upside as Vanderbilt baseball commit

Noah LaFine proving upside as Vanderbilt baseball commit

Noah LaFine committed to Vanderbilt and won a state championship at Archbishop Hoban as just…

Ranking the Big Ten football coaches going into 2022

Ranking the Big Ten football coaches going into 2022

Who are the best football coaches in the Big Ten?

Carson Pickett’s historical USWNT debut with a limb difference

Carson Pickett’s historical USWNT debut with a limb difference

Carson Pickett makes history as the first player to play for the USWNT with a…

Sean Stewart brings family pedigree to Duke

Sean Stewart brings family pedigree to Duke

Sean Stewart will get the opportunity to suit up for the Blue Devils.

Giannis, Thanasis Antetokounmpo portrayed by Agada brothers in ‘Rise’

Giannis, Thanasis Antetokounmpo portrayed by Agada brothers in ‘Rise’

Disney’s ‘Rise’ tells the story of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokoumnpo’s path to the NBA…

Mike Grier to become first Black NHL general manager

Mike Grier to become first Black NHL general manager

Mike Grier is set to add to that history as he becomes the first Black…

Jace Arnold joins Badgers as highest-rated 2023 recruit

Jace Arnold joins Badgers as highest-rated 2023 recruit

Jace Arnold is the highest-rated football recruit to commit to the Wisconsin Badgers.

A look back at the 2020 Tampa Bay Rays

A look back at the 2020 Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays came into the 2020 season with high expectations for themselves and…

Notre Dame commit David Lally looking toward MLB future

Notre Dame commit David Lally looking toward MLB future

David Lally had a tremendous career at Grand Blanc that included a state title and…

Louisville commit Zion Rose concludes special junior season

Louisville commit Zion Rose concludes special junior season

Zion Rose is one of the top Class of 2023 players in Illinois and one…

Eric Brown’s journey from 0 offers to 2022 MLB Draft prospect

Eric Brown’s journey from 0 offers to 2022 MLB Draft prospect

Eric Brown put his faith in God and now he is a potential first-round MLB…

Mitchell Robinson back with New York Knicks: Instant reaction

Mitchell Robinson back with New York Knicks: Instant reaction

Mitchell Robinson is back with the Knicks after agreeing to a new contract. Here is…

Mark Johnson looks to climb the mountain again with Wisconsin

Mark Johnson looks to climb the mountain again with Wisconsin

Mark Johnson will look to add to his historic resume in his 20th season as…

Ryan Niblett ready to bring track speed to Texas football

Ryan Niblett ready to bring track speed to Texas football

Texas Longhorns’ four-star WR commit Ryan Niblett will team up in Austin with No. 1-ranked…

Future Badger Paytn Monticelli now a two-time Gatorade POY

Future Badger Paytn Monticelli now a two-time Gatorade POY

Two-time Gatorade Wisconsin Softball Player of the Year Paytn Monticelli is continuing her career with…

Bobby Portis returning to Bucks on four-year, $49 million deal

Bobby Portis returning to Bucks on four-year, $49 million deal

After being an integral part of the Bucks’ championship run in 2021 and having a…

Kevin Durant requests trade from Nets; Which team lands KD?

Kevin Durant requests trade from Nets; Which team lands KD?

Kevin Durant has requested out of Brooklyn to set up one of the biggest trades…

Jalen Brunson to the New York Knicks: Instant reaction

Jalen Brunson to the New York Knicks: Instant reaction

Jalen Brunson is finally a Knick. Here is everything you need to know:

Nick Van Exel is perfect for Trae Young, Dejounte Murray

Nick Van Exel is perfect for Trae Young, Dejounte Murray

Nick Van Exel, a fan favorite point guard from his time in the NBA and…