The Best Rockies Draft Picks
In this article you will find the best Rockies draft picks of all time, by WAR and MLB awards. The top three hitters and pitchers they have ever drafted.
|1995||1||8||Todd Helton||Colorado Rockies||1B-P||University of Tennessee||5||3||4||61.2|
|1998||7||210||Matt Holliday||Colorado Rockies||3B||Stillwater (Stillwater,OK)||7||4||44.4|
|2005||1||7||Troy Tulowitzki||Colorado Rockies||SS||Long Beach State University||5||2||2||43.8|
Todd Helton is the greatest of all Rockies draft picks. Drafted eighth overall in 1995, he is the longest-tenured Rockies player ever, spending all 17 years of his big league career for the team. Helton was a five-time All-Star who could hit homers as well as keep a high batting average, hitting .316 for his career. He would also go on to win three Gold Glove awards to go with his four Silver Sluggers. In the year 2000, Helton led the league in hits, doubles, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, on-base plus slugging percentage, and total bases, yet controversially finished fifth in MVP voting. He would finish in the top-10 in MVP voting three times in his career, and helped lead the Rockies to their only World Series appearance in 2007.
With football scholarships also calling his name, Matt Holliday’s MLB draft stock fell to the seventh round in 1998, yet he decided to go the baseball route when the Rockies offered him the highest draft slot bonus for any player ever drafted in that round. Going on to become a seven-time All-Star, Holliday is another one of those power hitters who can also hit for a high average, surpassing 300 homers and nearly hitting .300 in his career. He was another instrumental piece in the Rockies World Series run in 2007, leading the league in hits, runs, RBI, and winning a batting title that year, finishing second in the MVP race. He eventually would get traded to the Athletics, who flipped him to the Cardinals, where he would go on to win a World Series title.
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Troy Tulowitzki was drafted seventh overall in one of the better draft classes ever. Yet another important piece in the Colorado Rockies World Series run, Tulo was a rookie at the time, eventually finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting. He would go on to have a very productive career while in Colorado, a five-time All-Star with two Silver Sluggers and Gold Glove awards apiece. Three times he finished in the top-10 of MVP voting, and for a while had the best mullet in baseball.
|1997||2||70||Aaron Cook||Colorado Rockies||P||Hamilton (Hamilton,OH)||1||15.9|
|1996||1||21||Jake Westbrook||Colorado Rockies||P||Madison County (Danielsville,GA)||1||13.3|
|2002||1||9||Jeff Francis||Colorado Rockies||P||University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)||9.4|
Would you guess that the best of all pitching Rockies draft picks is a guy who was also on their 2007 World Series roster? That’d be Aaron Cook. Drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the 1997 draft, Cook spent all but one year of his 11-year career with the Rockies. The most alarming thing about Cook being the best pitcher the Rockies have ever drafted is that his career WAR is 15.9. While Cook did make one All-Star team in 2008, he pitched well over a 4.00 ERA the majority of his career, finishing at 4.60 for his career.
Drafted by Colorado in the first round in 1996, Westbrook did spend a year in their minor leagues before being traded off to the Expos. Westbrook did make it to one All-Star game, in 2004, but injuries derailed his effectiveness during his 13-year career. He did help the Cardinals to a World Series title in 2011.
Jeff Francis was a pretty big deal. He was drafted as the ninth overall pick by the Rockies in the 2002 draft. In 2004, Francis would go on to win Minor League Player of the Year, becoming the first Rockies prospect to ever win such honors. Before being called up in 2004, Francis was 16-4 with a 2.21 ERA between Double and Triple-A. Then he came to Coors Field, with a reputation as a home-run friendly ballpark, it held true for even the best Minor League pitcher in Rockies history. He would never pitch below a 4.00 ERA during his 11-year career, eight times eclipsing a 5.00 ERA. It was a rough career for somebody with such a great pedigree, and one has to wonder how he would have done had he been drafted by anyone else.
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