He may not carry a pedigree equal to that of third overall pick Jonathan Gray, but the Rockies took another pitcher from Oklahoma in the 12th round of the First-Year Player Draft when they selected southpaw Billy Waltrip.
Waltrip began the year as a starter, but quickly moved to the bullpen, where he will likely stay at the professional level. His fastball can climb into the low-90s, but usually hangs in the high-80s. The lefty complements that fastball with a slider that allows him to pile up strikeouts.
Waltrip struggled with command as a junior, likely a product of his mechanical delivery, finishing with a 5.15 ERA and a 2-3 record in 20 appearances. He also struck out 45.
If the left-hander can regain control, he could be a solid bullpen piece for Colorado down the road.
Before joining Gray at Oklahoma this year, Waltrip played two years at Seminole State College in Florida, finishing 7-2 with a 1.60 ERA in his final year of junior college ball. The Orioles selected Waltrip out of Seminole State in the 12th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, but he elected to delay the big leagues for the chance to play Big 12 baseball.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less