Colorado Rockies 2000 Draft: They could have drafted Yadier Molina
Some of the best players drafted after the 5th round in the 2000 Draft that weren’t drafted by the Rockies include:
- SS Aaron Hill, 7th round, Angels, 24.4 rWAR (one-time All-Star)
- LHP Dontrelle Willis, 8th round, Cubs, 19.7 rWAR (two-time All-Star, 2003 NL Rookie of the Year, 2nd place in 2004 NL Cy Young Award voting)
- RHP Brandon Webb, 8th round, D-Backs, 31.1 rWAR (three-time All-Star, 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner, 2nd place in NL Cy Young voting in 2007-2008)
- 3B Edwin Encarnacion, 9th round, Rangers, 35.5 rWAR (three-time All-Star)
- OF Corey Hart, 11th round, Brewers, 14.4 rWAR (two-time All-Star)
- 2B Freddy Sanchez, 11th round, Red Sox, 15.8 rWAR (three-time All-Star, 2006 NL batting champ)
- C Mike Napoli, 17th round, Angels, 26.3 rWAR (one-time All-Star)
- 3B Jose Bautista, 20th round, Pirates, 36.7 rWAR (six-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger winner)
The Rockies also drafted Clint Barmes (14.9 rWAR) in the 10th round and Brad Hawpe (4.5 rWAR) in the 11th round. Barmes never was a good hitter but he provided the Rockies some great defense in the mid-to late-2000s.
Hawpe had a 5.8 rWAR in his best four seasons combined (2006-2009) but he was the opposite of Barmes in that he had good offensive numbers (average 25 homers and 93 RBI with an OPS+ of 124 from 2006-2009) but poor defensive numbers.
Next up in our Colorado Rockies draft series is the 2001 MLB Draft when the Rockies, by and large, struck out in the draft, partially because they didn’t have some great spots since they had to sacrifice some picks for free agent signings … that also didn’t pan out.