The 2018 MLB Draft takes place next week, June 4-6. For three days, teams will make selections for 40 rounds, drafting over 1200 amateur players from high school and college. This year, the Rockies hold the 22nd pick after earning the National League Wild Card and finishing with the 9th best record in the 2017 season.
In the week leading up the draft, let’s take a quick look back at the seven preceding years of picks.
2013 MLB Amateur Draft
Rockies 1st Round
The 2012 season was the worst in franchise history. Colorado won just 64 games and finished with a .395 winning percentage and 30 games out of first place. General Manager Dan O’Dowd launched his Project 5183, a plan to use a four-man rotation. O’Dowd would step away from his duties as GM after the 2014 season, but Manager Jim Tracy would resign just two years after leading the Rockies to consecutive winning seasons.
The only teams with a worse winning percentage than Colorado in 2012 would be Houston and Chicago, both of whom were at the midst of their newfangled “tanking” approach. With the third worse record, the Rockies held the 3rd pick overall.
Once Stanford University’s Mark Appel and University of San Diego’s Kris Bryant were taken, the Rockies were able to have their pick of any player in the country.
|3||Colorado||Jon Gray||Univ. of Oklahoma||RHP|
The Gray Wolf of Blake Street signed for $4.8M and finished his first season as a professional by dominating High-A. This performance earned him a spot as the 12th best prospect on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects at the beginning of 2014. The righty from Chandler, OK spent 2014 at Double-A and after 21 starts with Albuquerque, he made his major league debut in 2015, where he’s stayed a starter at the front of the rotation for the Rockies.