The Colorado Rockies also could have drafted two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber
The Colorado Rockies drafted a pitcher out of high school in Georgia by the name of Isaiah Froneberger. Does the name ring a bell? That’s what I thought. He also never made it above Double-A.
Two picks later, the San Diego Padres drafted a pitcher by the name of Corey Kluber. They ended up trading him to Cleveland a few years later and they regretted it.
Kluber is a three-time All-Star who won two AL Cy Young Awards (2014, 2017) with two more third-place finishes (2016, 2018), and a ninth-place finish (2015). He also got MVP votes in three seasons, including a seventh-place finish in 2017. He has a career 33.6 rWAR.
Early in the fifth round before the Rockies picked again, Jake Arrieta was drafted. Arrieta is a one-time All-Star who won the 2015 Cy Young Award, had two more top 10 finishes, and even came in 6th in MVP voting in 2015. He’s got a career 23.3 rWAR.
So which draft picks from 2007 made it to the majors with the Rockies? Jordan Pacheco, Matt Reynolds, and Bruce Billings.
Pacheco was drafted in the 9th round and he spent parts of six seasons in the majors with a career -4.0 rWAR. In 2022, he will be the Rockies new hitting coach at Triple-A.
Reynolds made 221 appearances as a reliever in the majors with 165 of them coming with the Rockies. He had a career 2.7 rWAR in parts of six seasons. He last pitched in the majors in 2016.
You’ll be forgiven if you don’t remember Bruce Billings. He made one appearance with the Rockies in 2011.