Colorado Rockies: A look back on Dan O’Dowd’s 1st round draft picks
In 2007, the Rockies had another dud for their first round draft pick. They chose Casey Weathers for their pick, which was the 8th overall pick. He never made it to the major leagues but before the 2012 season, he proved to be a trade piece for O’Dowd as he and Ian Stewart got the Rockies DJ LeMahieu and Tyler Colvin.
There were a lot of first rounders that were much more successful than Weathers.
Madison Bumgarner: 10th overall pick, four time All Star, ranked in NL Cy Young Award voting five times (including three times in the top six), 2014 NLCS MVP, 2014 World Series MVP, 2.11 ERA in 16 appearances in the postseason.
Jason Heyward: one time All Star, five time Gold Glove Award winner, ranked in NL MVP voting three times
Rick Porcello: 2016 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Todd Frazier (who they drafted in 2004 but didn’t sign): two-time All Star
Josh Donaldson: three-time All Star, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, ranked in AL MVP voting five times (including winning it in 2015)
Other notable players in later rounds of the draft include Giancarlo Stanton, Corey Kluber, Jordan Zimmermann, Freddie Freeman, former Rockie Jonathan Lucroy, Danny Duffy, Jake Arrieta, Anthony Rizzo, Greg Holland, Brandon Belt, Chris Sale (who was drafted by the Rockies but he did not sign), and Craig Kimbrel.