Dahl is the second position player that the Rockies have selected with their first selection in the past three years. The club took left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson from Oregon last year and outfielder Kyler Parker from Clemson in 2010.
A 6-foot-2, 185-pound outfielder, Dahl, 18, throws right-handed and bats left. In his senior season for Oak Mountain, Dahl hit .412 with three home runs and 18 stolen bases. Dahl is committed to Auburn University.
At the next level, Dahl projects as a speedy outfielder that'll be an asset in the field, likely in center, at the plate, and on the bases. Dahl impressed the Rockies brass recently at workouts held at Coors Field, where he showed off a personal best in the forty yard dash.
The Rockies also like his sweet swing, although scouts are weary of how much power he might hit for down the line. He projects for a 15 home runs annually down the line and lacks that superstar ceiling. Still, if Dahl can deliver gap power, he could be a major asset and fixture in the Colorado outfield for a long time.
Dahl wasn't the only player selected by the Rockies on Monday night. The club also selected right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler from Radford (Va.) University with the 46th overall pick in the compensation round. The Rockies received this pick as compensation for losing second basemen Mark Ellis to the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency.
Butler, 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds, went 7-4 with a 2.20 ERA and struck out 85 in 98 innings, covering 14 starts this season. Butler was named co-pitcher of the year in the Big South Conference.
A successful starter in college, Butler has been clocked up to 97 mph on the radar gun with his fastball. He also throws a slider that he's still developing and backs it up with a changeup. It's possible that Butler will be used as a reliever.