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Rox go back to South Alabama, draft Stamey

Rox go back to South Alabama, draft Stamey

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Rox go back to South Alabama, draft Stamey

Colorado grabbed another bullpen arm in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft when it selected reliever Dylan Stamey from South Alabama.

Stamey -- a teammate of the Rockies' fourth-round pick, outfielder Jordan Patterson -- appeared on the radar of Major League scouts after an impressive junior campaign. In 24 appearances, he carried a 2.17 ERA and picked up four saves. He pitched 37 1/3 innings and struck out 62, an average of more than 1.5 strikeouts per inning.

With a sturdy 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame, he could develop into a reliable power pitcher out of the bullpen. Stamey also has the endurance to last multiple innings, especially valuable at a hitter-friendly park like Coors Field, where starters sometimes are hit hard and out after just a few innings.

Stamey, 21, came to South Alabama after two years at Faulkner State (Ala.) Community College and was named to the first-team Southern League. The right-hander had a 2.27 ERA in 35 2/3 innings and collected eight saves, finishing with a 4-1 record in 2012.

Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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