Colorado Rockies 2005 Draft: The drafting of Troy Tulowitzki
We continue our series of looking back at the Colorado Rockies and their draft picks with the 2005 Draft.
The Rockies were coming off what ended up being a good draft in 2004 as they drafted a few future everyday players.
They were also coming off of an awful 2004 season, in which they went 68-94. That was their worst season in franchise history since their inaugural 1993 season when they went 67-95. They traded Larry Walker to St. Louis and let go of a lot of their veteran players (Vinny Castilla, Jeromy Burnitz, Royce Clayton, Shawn Estes, Steve Reed, and Charles Johnson) all go via free agency or (in the case of Johnson) trade at the end of the 2004 season.
As a result, the Rockies turned over a new leaf in 2005 when they went much younger. The team was even worse (67-95) but it set things in motion for their 2007 season, when they got to the World Series.
One of the key contributors to that team was drafted just two years prior.
The Colorado Rockies drafted Troy Tulowitzki with the 7th overall pick in the 2005 Draft.
Troy Tulowitzki was drafted by the Colorado Rockies with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 Draft.
Tulowitzki, affectionately known as “Tulo,” started out his minor league career in Advanced-A ball. By 2006, he was in Double-A. He skipped Triple-A completely and made his MLB debut on August 30.
He played in parts of 10 seasons with the Rockies and he was an All-Star five times and won two Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards. He came in 2nd in NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, and received MVP votes in six seasons, including two top-five finishes in 2009 and 2010.