As the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft draws ever closer, BSN Denver continues our retrospective series on the annual event and how the franchise has done with their selections.
Today, we look at the 2012 edition, in which the Colorado Rockies held the 10th overall pick after their contention window officially closed in the previous season. After previously holding a pick in the latter-third pick in three of the last four drafts, the Rockies finished 73-89 in 2011.
|10||David Dahl||Oak Mountain HS||OF|
The Rockies had their second consecutive two-pick first round in 2012, getting compensation after second baseman Mark Ellis signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In a class littered with talent, the Rockies took five-tool high school star David Dahl and one of the most exciting pitching prospects in team history in Eddie Butler.
Dahl, after a minor league career riddled with injuries—including infamously losing his spleen after a collision while at Double-A New Hampshire in 2015—broke through in 2016 and instantly made an impact. He recorded hits in his first 17 MLB games, breaking a record for a hit streak to begin a career that had previously stood since 1941. He collected 1.1 bWAR in 63 games, slashing .315/.359/.500 to cement himself as an outfielder of the future for Colorado.