Colorado Rockies 1998 Draft: Drafting a Rockies legend

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 25: Matt Holliday #7 of the Colorado Rockies points to the dugout to celebrate after hitting a seventh inning solo homerun against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on August 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Players are wearing special jerseys with their nicknames on them during Players' Weekend. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 25: Matt Holliday #7 of the Colorado Rockies points to the dugout to celebrate after hitting a seventh inning solo homerun against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on August 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Players are wearing special jerseys with their nicknames on them during Players' Weekend. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Colorado Rockies, Carlos Gonzalez, Oakland A's
ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 18: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates after scoring a 10th inning run against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Matt Holliday also paid off for the Colorado Rockies in trading him to Oakland

The Colorado Rockies traded Matt Holliday to Oakland after the 2008 season for Huston Street, Carlos González, and Greg Smith. Smith didn’t pan out but González was a great replacement for Holliday and Street became the Rockies closer. Both were key figures for the Rockies making the playoffs in 2009 and, for González, a key figure with the Rockies for the next decade.

Holliday ended up having a 15-year MLB career with seven All-Star appearances and he won four Silver Slugger Awards with a career 44.5 rWAR.

Even later in the draft, the Rockies drafted outfielder Juan Pierre in the 13th round. Pierre made it to the majors with the Rockies for three seasons before being traded to Florida with Mike Hampton for (among others) catcher Charles Johnson and outfielder Preston Wilson.

Pierre ended up playing 14 years in the majors and he had a career rWAR of 17.3, winning the World Series with Florida in 2003, and he had over 600 career stolen bases.

Next. The Rockies could have drafted Chase Utley in '97. dark

Next up in our draft series is the 1999 Draft, which was a draft that the Colorado Rockies could have drafted multiple players on the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot but they, by and large, came up empty.

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