Grading every Rockies’ first round pick in franchise history

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Aug 27, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Chris Nelson (8) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Los Angeles Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2004 – Chris Nelson SS (9th overall) Redan High School (Georgia)

Nelson received the third-largest signing bonus in team history after being selected 9th overall in 2004. He put up good numbers in the minors and was called-up in 2010 when Troy Tulowitzki went on the disabled list. He showed flashes of brilliance and although he struggled for much of the 2011 season, was named the starting third baseman by spring training of 2012.

Nelson hit .301 in 111 games that season but struggled again in 2013, ultimately leading to him being traded to the New York Yankees on May 1, 2013.

Numbers with Rockies: .279, 13 HR, 73 RBIs, .416 SLG

Where Are They Now? Nelson has had a hard time finding a home since leaving Colorado. Over the past two seasons, he has played for four different teams, most recently the San Diego Padres and was designated for assignment, becoming a free agent late last season. Nelson signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on November 25, 2014.

Grade: D+. He showed some potential of being a capable everyday player but after a disappointing start to the 2013 season, the Rockies became frustrated with him and sent him packing. He has value as a utility man but hardly a worthy first round pick.