MCHS graduate bypassed in MLB draft

— June 5 and 6 went by, and Chris Winder's phone never rang.

The 2008 Moffat County High School graduate wasn't waiting for a girl to call, or one of his buddies to dial him up for a friendly round of golf.

The Major League Baseball amateur draft was Thursday and Friday, and Winder was hoping to get a call from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Contacted about a month ago by Dodgers scout Mitch Webster, "Window," nicknamed by his teammates, was juggling the decision between going to college and playing in the pros.

The decision was made for him.

"I'm a little bit bummed out I didn't get the call," Winder said by phone from the Colorado Rockies game Sunday against Milwaukee - a 3-2 loss for the home club.

Winder, though undrafted, still has a passion for the big leagues, as evident by his Rockies game attendance.

Winder still is eligible to be drafted after each college baseball season, but now he must decide which college to attend.

He said the University of Northern Colorado, Odessa Junior College in Texas and Regis University have offered him scholarships.

Until then, the four-time Western Slope League all-conference selection and Colorado state top-50 prospect will continue to play summer ball and catch a few Rockies games in between.

"I'm lucky to be in this position," Winder said two weeks ago, before the draft. "Not many people get the chance to advance in their sport. I just want to keep playing baseball. Period."

He also admitted that wherever he plays, he would give it everything he's got.

"If I get the chance, I'll show whoever gets me they made the right choice," he said. "I've got speed, I can hit the ball and my glove will get me there, too."

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com.

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