We continue our draft series by looking back at the Colorado Rockies draft picks from the 2011 MLB Draft. The Rockies were coming off of what ended up being a so-so draft class that got to that level due to their lower draft picks (second round and later).
It ended up being that way for a few drafts as the Rockies didn’t have a good first round draft pick since 2005, with Troy Tulowitzki. They drafted future franchise stars or future MLB pieces in Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, and Chad Bettis in the last three drafts but in the second round.
However, at least with this draft, the Colorado Rockies were successful in the first round with both of their picks.
The Colorado Rockies drafted Tyler Anderson in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft
In the 2011 MLB Draft, the Colorado Rockies had the 20th overall pick of the draft. Drafted above their pick included some very good future MLB players including Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, George Springer, Brandon Nimmo, the late José Fernández, C.J. Cron, and Sonny Gray.
With their first pick in the draft, the Rockies drafted left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson.
Anderson has spent six seasons in the majors through 2021 and he pitched for the Rockies in parts of four of them. He had a 4.69 ERA (104 ERA+) in 73 games (71 starts). He pitched well for the Rockies in his last full season with the team in 2018 (2.8 rWAR) but in 2019, he struggled with a knee injury all season and after that, the Rockies let him go via waivers.