The Colorado Rockies were coming off of what ended up being their two worst drafts in their history but they were also coming off of their best year in franchise history.
In 2007, the Colorado Rockies clinched their first playoff birth since 1995 and for the first (and thus far, only time) in franchise history, they went to both the NLCS and World Series. However, they were dispatched in a sweep by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
The 2008 Rockies, though, were a far cry from the 2007 Rockies. In fact, entering the day of the draft, the Rockies were 22-38, which was dead last in the National League and second-worst in the majors.
Per usual at the time, the Rockies pitching staff was not great as their ERA was 4.92 at the time so they decided to draft a lot of pitchers. In fact, 15 of their first 23 draft picks were pitchers, including their first-round pick.
The Colorado Rockies drafted left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich with their first-round pick in 2008.
The Colorado Rockies drafted left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich with the 25th overall pick of the 2008 MLB Draft.
Friedrich signed and did make it to the majors with the Rockies but he only pitched in parts of three seasons with the Rockies and parts of four in the majors. He never had an ERA with the Rockies below 5.25 (88 ERA+) and he had a career rWAR of -0.7.
An even bigger issue for the Colorado Rockies is that of all 15 of the pitchers that they drafted in the first 23 rounds of the draft, Friedrich was the only pitcher that made it to the majors with any team. There was only one other pitcher drafted by the Rockies in general (Tyler Pill) that ever made the majors but Pill didn’t sign with the Rockies.