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Rockies select Tennessee ace Chase Dollander 9th overall

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With the ninth pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, the Colorado Rockies selected Chase Dollander, a right-handed pitcher out of Tennessee.

A casualty of the abridged 2020 MLB Draft, Dollander followed through on his commitment to Georgia Southern after going unselected. Transferring to Tennessee the next season, the righty cemented himself as a top prospect in the country. He authored a 2.39 ERA and 8.3 strikeout-per-walk rate over 79 innings as a sophomore, getting named SEC Pitcher of the Year.

His junior season has caused some doubt, though, with a 4.50 ERA and 4.1 K/BB rate for the Volunteers plummeting his stock after entering the year as the presumptive top pitcher in the class.

Dollander is still considered a frontline starter thanks to a devastating repertoire but needs to work on command.


Age: 21
Position: RHP
Height/Weight: 6-2, 200 lbs
Bats/Throws: R/R
School: Tennessee
Pick value (#9): $5,716,900


  • Fastball (93-97 mph, touches 99 mph)
  • Impressive slider command with good feel for changeup, curve
  • Quiet, smooth delivery

Why fans will love this player

  • Entered year as top-rated pitching prospect
  • Four-pitch mix is refined and showed impressive command in 2022
  • Should be frontline starter

Things he'll need to overcome

  • Command issues in junior year (walk rate doubled)

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(Video source: MLB Pipeline)

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