After impressing Rox, Rogers taken in Round 4

DENVER -- Wes Rogers picked a good time and an even better place for a big offensive performance.

Rogers, a 6-4, 195-pound center fielder from Spartanburg Methodist College, batted .585 with a home run during the recent Junior College World Series -- in Grand Junction, Colo.

He could be back, real soon, as the Rockies' rookie-level affiliate is in Grand Junction.

The Rockies selected Rogers in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday. As his team's leadoff hitter, Rogers batted .351 with an on-base percentage of .479, three triples, 18 doubles and 35 RBIs, and converted 26-of-29 stolen base attempts.

The Rockies didn't waste time zeroing in on Rogers, who has committed to North Carolina-Wilmington. After Spartanburg Methodist finished third in the tournament, the Rockies flew him to Scottsdale, Ariz., for a pre-Draft workout.

"I was a little nervous at first. Everyone out there was really, really good," Rogers told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal newspaper. "But I think I did OK. I hit pretty well, got a couple of home runs in batting practice, ran 60 [yards] in 6.4 [seconds] and I caught a bunch of fly balls."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 11 a.m. MT.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.