Colorado Rockies: A look back on Dan O’Dowd’s 1st round draft picks
In 2006, Dan O’Dowd and the Colorado Rockies made a big mistake in their first round draft pick. They had the second overall pick and they chose Greg Reynolds. In parts of three seasons, he went 6-11 with a 7.01 ERA (64 ERA+).
Just take a look at some of the other first round picks that followed him.
Evan Longoria*: third baseman, 3rd overall pick, 11 MLB seasons, 50.4 WAR, 269 home runs, 915 RBI, .269/.339/.482, 125 OPS+, three time All Star, ranked in MVP voting six times, three time Gold Glove Award winner, one time Silver Slugger Award winner, 2008 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner
Andrew Miller*: left-handed pitcher, 6th overall pick, 13 MLB seasons, 8.6 WAR (12.5 WAR since 2012), 3.96 ERA (2.04 since 2012), two time All Star, ranked in Cy Young voting twice
Clayton Kershaw*: I think you already know how great Kershaw is but let’s put it in perspective. 11 seasons, 145-68 and these following stats are the best among active pitchers who qualify in innings: 2.37 ERA, 160 ERA+, 2.62 FIP, 15 shutouts, 1.005 WHIP, 6.7 hits allowed per nine innings,and 0.6 home runs allowed per nine innings. He has won one Gold Glove award, a seven-time All Star, ranked in NL Cy Young voting seven times including winning it 3 times and being in the top five all seven times, and ranked in NL MVP voting six times including winning it in 2014.
Tim Lincecum: 10 year career, four-time All Star, 2-time Cy Young Award winner, ranked in Cy Young voting twice more.
Max Scherzer*: five time All Star, three time Cy Young Award winner, ranked in the top five in Cy Young twice more
Ian Kennedy*: 12 year MLB career, ranked in Cy Young and MVP voting once
Chris Perez: 7 MLB seasons, 133 saves, two-time All Star
Others in later rounds include Justin Masterson, Zach Britton*, Chris Davis*, Jeff Samardzija*, Chris Archer*, Mark Melancon*, Josh Reddick*, J.D. Martinez* (but he didn’t sign), and Paul Goldschmidt* (but he didn’t sign).