Colorado Rockies: A look back on Dan O’Dowd’s 1st round draft picks
In 2013, Dan O’Dowd and the Rockies only had one first round draft pick. However, it was a much higher draft pick than most before as they had the 3rd overall pick. They decided to draft a right-handed pitcher from the University of Oklahoma by the name of Jon Gray.
By WAR of players in the first round of the draft, Gray is the fourth highest at 5.5. Ahead of him are Chicago Cubs third baseman and outfielder Kris Bryant, who went just ahead of Gray and the Rockies with the second overall pick and has a WAR of 21.8, Aaron Judge, who went 32nd overall with a 9.9 WAR, and Sean Manaea, who went 34th overall and has a WAR of 6.5.
Obviously, the jury is still out on Jon Gray as well but considering that he is the Rockies ace and they went to the playoffs last year and, as of the publication of this article, are in first place in the NL West, he’s doing fairly well especially considering that he is only 26 years old.
Other notable players in the first round include infielder Tim Anderson, reliever Corey Knebel, current Rockie Ryan McMahon (who’s currently in Triple-A Albuquerque), and Dodgers first baseman and outfielder Cody Bellinger.