KC Royals: The 5 Worst Moves of Royals GM Dayton Moore
By Bryon Parman
4: Royals Pass on Chris Sale, Draft Christian Colon
The KC Royals had the 4th pick in the 2010 draft. As draft day neared, the buzz surrounding the KC Royals was that they were looking to draft a pitcher, and that pitcher was going to be the left handed Chris Sale.
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Conversations with Chris Sale in the past about his experience leading up to the draft stated that he had communications with KC off an on but when draft day came, KC opted to go with a bat. The bat the KC Royals chose was SS Christian Colon out of Cal State Fullerton.
Since being drafted, Sale has been worth 28.6 WAR, has a career ERA of 2.91, and has averaged around 200 IP per season since his first full MLB season in 2012. To put that into perspective, Bryce Harper has 21.8 WAR and was drafted the same year as Sale. So it is safe to say that not only has Sale been good, but he is an “ACE” in every sense of the word.
Meanwhile, Christian Colon has been somewhat of a disappointment posting a career totaling 1.5 WAR with short stints on the Royals MLB roster. He did have a big hit in the 2015 World Series, however I believe the KC Royals win that series without Colon and therefore I would obviously rather have Sale.
Other notable picks in 2010 picked after Christian Colon: Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Cory Dickerson, Drew Smyly, Drew Pomeranz and Andrelton Simmons.
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