The Colorado Rockies made some bad picks after Troy Tulowitzki
The Colorado Rockies also had two second round draft picks: the 4th and 7th picks of the round. The fourth pick came from the new team in the league, the Washington Nationals, who signed the aforementioned Vinny Castilla.
However, neither of their second round picks made it to the majors … or any of the other players that they signed in that draft.
They drafted pitcher Chris Martin in the 21st round of the draft and didn’t sign him. However, he made his MLB debut with the Rockies nearly a decade later. Martin didn’t sign with the Rockies because he got injured. He eventually went into indy ball and signed a contract with the Red Sox. The Red Sox traded Martin to the Rockies after the 2013 season.
He has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, including with the World Champion Atlanta Braves last season in their bullpen.
Some of the best players to be drafted and sign with their team in the 2005 Draft include:
- Outfielder Brett Gardner, 3rd round, Yankees (one-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner, 44.3 rWAR)
- Outfielder Michael Brantley, 7th round, Brewers (five-time All-Star, Silver Slugger, 32.9 rWAR)
- Outfielder Austin Jackson, 8th round, Yankees (22.1 rWAR)
- Pitcher Sergio Romo, 28th round, Giants (one-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion, 10.4 rWAR)
Next up in our series is the 2006 Draft, when the Rockies had their worst draft in team history. In fact, a reader’s discretion may have to be advised on how badly the Rockies did in that draft and who they missed out on.