A 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Warner had signed with and intended to go to North Carolina State. But the chance to play for his favorite childhood team was too great to pass up.
In his senior season at Pine Creek, Warner compiled a 7-1 record -- throwing a no-hitter and a one-hitter -- and a 2.81 ERA on his way to being named Colorado's Gatorade Player of the Year.
Warner called N.C. State a few hours after he was drafted and informed the coaching staff he was going to sign with the Rockies. It was one of many life-changing phone calls Warner made that day, as he had earlier said thanks, but no thanks, to both the Phillies and the Marlins -- who had picks Nos. 125 and 127, respectively.
"I called [Rockies senior director of scouting operations] Mark Gustafson, and said, 'Are you guys going to pick me? I want to be a Rockie, but I've got the Phillies and the Marlins on the phone,'" Warner told MLB.com on Tuesday. "I trusted Mark when he said they would draft me, gave the Phillies and Marlins a high number, and it worked out."
The bonus amount has not been disclosed.