The Colorado Rockies could have drafted New York Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton or Braves 1B Freddie Freeman
In the second round of the 2007 MLB Draft, the Colorado Rockies outfielder Brian Rike out of Louisiana Tech. Who? Yeah, not a great pick.
He, like Weathers, never got above Double-A. He was out of baseball after the 2012 season.
Rike was drafted with the 72nd overall pick and here are some other players drafted after Rike in the second round.
- 76th overall pick 1B Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (moved to the outfield, four-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger, 2017 NL MVP, 2014 NL MVP runner-up, 44.1 rWAR)
- 78th overall pick 1B Freddie Freeman, Braves (five-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger winner, one-time Gold Glove winner, 2020 NL MVP, five more top 10 NL MVP finishes, 43.1 rWAR)
In the third round of the 2007 Draft, the Rockies drafted yet another player who never got to the majors in catcher Lars Davis. He made it to Triple-A, unlike Weathers and Rike.
The best MLB players drafted after Davis was former Mets pitcher Matt Harvey. He’s been in the news lately for less than stellar reasons but he was drafted by the Angels in this draft out of high school and didn’t sign.
(Extreme Billy Mays voice) But wait! There’s more!