In 2007, the Colorado Rockies were coming off of what ended up being an awful draft for the franchise. For the 2007 MLB Draft, the Rockies fared better than they did in 2006 … but that’s not saying much.
In both the 2006 and 2007 Drafts, the Colorado Rockies drafted a right-handed pitcher out of college and both times they were duds. However, for the 2007 draft pick, he didn’t even make it to the majors.
The Colorado Rockies selected Casey Weathers with their first pick in the 2007 MLB Draft
Casey Weathers was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He was drafted out of Vanderbilt, which is known to have produced some good MLB pitchers in recent years, including Walker Buehler, Sonny Gray, Mark Prior, David Price, Mike Minor, and two current pitchers for the Rockies in Ben Bowden and Jordan Sheffield.
However, Weathers never made it to the majors.
In fact, he never got above Double-A. However, his drafting wasn’t as bad as Greg Reynolds in the previous draft because, eventually, the Rockies were able to trade Weathers to the Cubs for a decent player. That decent player was DJ LeMahieu.
But the Rockies could have drafted some players who went later in the first round and had more success than Weathers and even a few have had more success than LeMahieu.
- 10th overall pick LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants (four-time All-Star, three-time World Series Champ, World Series MVP, NLCS MVP, five top 11 finishes in Cy Young voting, 38.2 rWAR)
- 14th overall pick OF Jason Heyward, Braves (one-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove winner, 39.4 rWAR)
- 27th overall pick RHP Rick Porcello, Tigers (2016 AL Cy Young Award winner, 20.2 rWAR)
- 34th overall pick 3B Todd Frazier, Reds (drafted by the Rockies three years earlier but didn’t sign, two-time All-Star, 25.2 rWAR)
- 48th overall pick C Josh Donaldson, Cubs (later became a 3B for Oakland, three-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger winner, 2015 AL MVP, three more top 10 MVP finishes, 44.4 rWAR)
In the second round, things, arguably, get worse.