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Colorado Rockies Top 20

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  1. Ian Stewart, 3B, Grade A-
  2. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Grade B+
  3. Ryan Shealy, 1B, B+
  4. Franklin Morales, LHP, B
  5. Chaz Roe, RHP, B
  6. Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP, B
  7. Chris Ianetta, C, B-
  8. Chris Nelson, SS, B-
  9. Jim Miller, RHP, B-
  10. Juan Morillo, RHP, C+
  11. Jeff Baker, 3B, C+
  12. Omar Quintanilla, 2B, C+
  13. Matt Macri, INF, C+
  14. Seth Smith, OF, C+
  15. Corey Wimberly, 2B, C+
  16. Ryan Spilborghs, OF, C+
  17. Andrew Johnston, RHP, C+
  18. Dexter Fowler, OF, C
  19. Jeff Salazar, OF, C (grade change from book)
  20. Shane Lindsay, RHP, C
Although he was prone to injury and a bit erratic in 2005, I remain fully confident in Ian Stewart and expect him to devastate Double-A pitching this year. Tulowitzki isn't far behind, and he could end up as a Grade A/A- prospect by the end of the season if everything goes according to plan.

Rating Ryan Shealy at B+ may seem controversial, but he is sort of the hitting version of Jon Papelbon, another guy I like more than some experts. Shealy can really hit, and what he did in the majors last year is not a fluke. The hard part is finding him a place to play in Colorado.

Franklin Morales is one of my favorite unsung pitching prospects. Too bad he pitches for the Rockies. I also like potential closer Jim Miller.

This could be a make-or-break season for Chris Nelson, at least in regards to his status as a hot prospect. Tools outfielder Dexter Fowler gets a cautious (perhaps too cautious) Grade C until he proves that his frightening strikeout rate (73 in 62 games last year) won't inhibit his bat. He has excellent physical tools, and could be a B+ guy if he puts everything together.