Grading every Rockies’ first round pick in franchise history

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May 11, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Ian Stewart (44) slides in to third base for a triple in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Angels won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

2003 – Ian Stewart 3B (10th overall) La Quinta High School (California)

Stewart put up great numbers in the minor leagues and was ranked the fourth-best prospect in baseball in 2004 behind Delmon Young, Felix Hernandez and Joe Mauer. His numbers dwindled as he reached higher levels of the minors but eventually made his Major League debut in 2007.

Stewart displayed raw power in the minors giving the Rockies hope that he could become a fixture in the middle of the lineup. He struggled early on but went on to win National League Rookie of the Month in 2008 and became the Rockies’ everyday third baseman in 2009-2010.

In 2011, his last season with the club, he split time between the Majors and Triple-A. Following the 2011 season, Stewart was traded to the Chicago Cubs along with pitching prospect Casey Weathers for Tyler Colvin and DJ LaMahieu.

 Numbers with Rockies: .236, 54 HR, 187 RBIs, .428 SLG

Where Are They Now? Last season, Stewart played 24 games at third base for the Los Angeles Angels. He has continued to struggle with his consistency.

Grade: C. He never lived up to the hopes the Rockies had for him, but did have a couple decent seasons in Colorado. He is still in the Major Leagues, hoping to find a home.

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