Karl Kauffmann, a compensation round selection between the second and third rounds of MLB's first-year player draft earlier this month, is the highest unsigned draft pick of the Rockies. And he figures to be the last of the top 30 selections -- each of whom the Rockies anticipate signing -- to finalize the details of signing.
Kauffman, after all, is a part of the rotation of a University of Michigan team that is the Cinderella team in the College World Series. With a win in the first game of a best-of-three showdown for the national title on Monday night, the Wolverines can wrap up their first national championship in baseball since 1962 with a win Tuesday night, or if necessary, Wednesday in a winner-take-all showdown that will feature Kauffman as the starting pitcher for Michigan.
As a result, the Rockies can't officially get into negotiations with Kauffman until the College World Series is over, which makes it likely it will be next week before he signs the contract, has a physical and reports to one of the Rockies minor-league affiliates.
Mike Ruff, the Rockies' 11th-round selection, did complete his negotitations and reported to short-season Grand Junction during the weekend.
Right-hander Jacob Kostyshock, the eighth-round pick out of Arkansas, and shortstop Christian Koss, the 12th-round selection out of Cal-Irvine, are expected to undergo their physicals Tuesday.
The two other unsigned draft choices -- Mississippi State teammates Trysten Barlow, a left-handed pitcher taken in the 16th round, and James Keegan, a right-handed pitcher selected in the 25th round, are expected to be in Denver for physicals by mid-week.