DENVER | The hometown Colorado Rockies took a chance on yet another former Regis Jesuit High School prospect Wednesday when it selected Reagan Todd on the third day of the 2018 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Todd, a left-handed pitcher who graduated from Regis Jesuit in 2014, went to the Rockies in the 32nd round of the draft with the No. 966 overall pick.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder spent two seasons at Arizona State — one a redshirt year — to begin his collegiate career, where he made 20 appearances on the mound and went 2-5 with a 6.87 ERA.
Todd joined Colorado Mesa for his junior season, when he went 5-2 with a 3.60 ERA. He was one of four players from the Mavericks (who finished 43-16 overall in the 2018 season) to be picked in the MLB draft, as he followed 17th-round pick Kyle Leahy (St. Louis) and preceded 33rd-round selection Zach McLeod (Baltimore) and 40th-rounder Jake Mielock (Pittsburgh).
At Regis Jesuit, Todd helped the Raiders reach the finals of the Class 5A Championship Series as a senior when he hit a walk-off grand slam in the semifinals against Mountain Vista. Rocky Mountain edged Regis Jesuit by a run to win the state championship.
As an infielder, Todd hit .318 in three varsity seasons for the Raiders and compiled a 7-3 record with a 3.95 ERA in 20 appearances on the mound.
The Rockies have made a regular habit of taking players with Regis Jesuit connections in the draft. A couple of Todd’s former teammates were picked by Colorado in recent years, as infielder Max George — who is currently still in the Rockies’ system — was taken in the sixth round of the 2014 draft and signed, while Colorado also chose Regis Jesuit outfielder Quin Cotton in 2016 and pitcher Brent Schwartz in 2015.
Cotton, a 38th round selection, chose to play at Grand Canyon University instead and had a phenomenal sophomore season with the Lopes as he earned All-Western Athletic Conference first team honors. Schwartz has gone on to pitch at Rice.
In 2013, the Rockies selected shortstop Brody Weiss — son of former Regis Jesuit coach and Colorado manager Walt Weiss — and outfielder Cole Norton with the Nos. 649 and 1,159th selections. Norton spent a year in the Rockies’ system.
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