Colorado Rockies: A look back on Dan O’Dowd’s 1st round draft picks

DENVER, CO - APRIL 13: (L-R) Dick Monfort, Owner/Chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies and Dan O'Dowd, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Colorado Rockies watch pregame festivities as the Rockies host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on April 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 13: (L-R) Dick Monfort, Owner/Chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies and Dan O'Dowd, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Colorado Rockies watch pregame festivities as the Rockies host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on April 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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TUCSON, AZ – MARCH 5: Jayson Nix #1 of the Colorado Rockies moves to field the ball during a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox at Hi Corbett Field on March 5, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona. The White Sox defeated the Rockies 5-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ – MARCH 5: Jayson Nix #1 of the Colorado Rockies moves to field the ball during a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox at Hi Corbett Field on March 5, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona. The White Sox defeated the Rockies 5-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) /

In 2001, the Rockies would have had the 18th overall pick but since they signed free agent Mike Hampton to a contract, they had to sacrifice that pick to the New York Mets.

However, they also had the 44th overall pick, which was the last pick of the first round. They got the pick as a result of not signing Matt Harrington in the 2000 draft. O’Dowd chose to go with infielder Jayson Nix. He played 466 games in parts of seven seasons with eight teams. Only 22 games of those games were for the Rockies (all in 2008). In his career, his WAR was 1.9.

Notable 2nd round picks in 2001

In the second round of the draft, there were some successful major leaguers.

J.J. Hardy: shortstop, 56th pick overall, 13 year MLB career, 28.4 WAR, two-time All Star, one-time Silver Slugger Winner, three-time Gold Glove winner

Dan Haren: right-handed pitcher, 72nd overall pick, 13 year MLB career, 35.0 WAR, three-time All Star, ranked in Cy Young Award voting twice, 153-131 record, 3.75 ERA, 109 ERA+

Other picks in later rounds include Ryan Howard, C.J. Wilson, *Jim Johnson, Edwin Jackson, *Rich Hill, Kevin Youkilis, Dan Uggla, Stephen Drew (who didn’t sign), Geovany Soto, and Jason Bartlett.

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