Todd Helton is retiring when the 2013 regular season comes to a close this week. The Colorado Rockies’ all-time leader in games played, hits, HRs, RBIs and more will play his last game at Coors Field on Wednesday night against the Red Sox (8:40 p.m. EST).
Prior to Helton’s 17-year major league career, several scouts had odd observations on the stocky prospect who once played quarterback ahead of Peyton Manning at Tennessee.
Scouting reports filed by White Sox scouts George Bradley and Kevin Burrell in 1995 included the following notes (see full reports below):
George Bradley on Todd Helton:
• Not impressive physically. Sloppy looking and actions of old man.
• Hard to picture as a major school quarterback.
• Thin legs and long arms. Big head.
• Awesome hitting and power displays he puts on in BP don’t always carry over to the games.
Kevin Burrell on Todd Helton:
• Does not run well.
• Does not have loft in swing to hit HRs.
• Father trying to take control of kid’s career, but Todd says “He will make his own decision w/ his pro BB career.”
Helton somehow overcame his old man mannerisms and his allegedly meddling father to become the face of the Colorado franchise, helping the team to its first World Series appearance in 2007. He very well could become the first Rockies’ player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2019.