The Rockies selected high school outfielder Zac Veen with their top pick and ninth overall of the 2020 MLB draw on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Peat played at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida. The left hitter was the number 7 of the potential header in the concept, according to MLB Pipeline.
Widely regarded as the best high school player in design, Veen is a five-tool player committed to playing collegiate in Florida. His strength emerged later in his preparation career and he has already made comparisons with a young Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger.
Veen, the 2020 Gatorade player of the year in Florida, Veen is the third outfielder ever selected by the Rockies with their first round, joining Kyle Parker and David Dahl in 2012 in 2010. He is the 15th high school player ever selected by the Rockies with their first choice.
As a senior, Veen placed four doubles, three homers and 17 steals with a .627 on-base percentage and .969 slugging percentage through 11 games for Spruce Creek before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, Colorado selected UCLA first baseman Michael Toglia with the first round at number 23 overall. And in 2018, the Rockies Southpaw took Ryan Rolison – now the organization’s top pitching prospect – at number 22 overall.
Other notable first round selections from the Rockies include first baseman Todd Helton (No. 8 overall from Tennessee in 1995), left-handed Jeff Francis (No. 9, University of British-Columbia, 2002) and short stop Troy Tulowitzki (No. 7 , Long Beach State, 2005).
Plus, the current Rockies Trevor Story (# 45, Irving High School, Texas, 2011), David Dahl (# 10, Oak Mountain High School, Alabama, 2012), Jon Gray (# 3, Oklahoma, 2013), Kyle Freeland (# 8, Evansville, 2014) and Brendan Rodgers (# 3, Lake Mary High School, Florida, 2013) were all first-rounders.
Colorado’s other choice on the first night of the draft, which was compressed from the usual 40 rounds to five, comes in at number 35 overall in Competitive Balance Round A. The Rockies have a total of six choices.
This story is being updated.