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Colorado Rockies Top 20 prospects for 2017: Mid-season review

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How did the Rockies prospect list for 2017 turn out?

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We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the Colorado Rockies Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here.




This list was originally published January 20th, 2017.

1) Brendan Rodgers, INF, Grade B+/A-: Age 21, first round pick in 2015, unstoppable in California League (.400/.419/.700 in 210 at-bats) but more human (though still solid) after moving up to Double-A (.273/.333/.434 in 143 at-bats); currently on disabled list with quad strain.

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2) Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Grade B+/B: Age 24, first round pick by Blue Jays in 2014, traded to Rockies in Troy Tulowitzki deal; 5.15 ERA in 87 innings in the majors, 72/31 K/BB; has had some brilliant outings but inconsistent; I expect steady improvement.

3) Riley Pint, RHP, Grade B+/B: Age 19, first round pick in 2016 from high school in Kansas; 4.35 ERA in 89 innings in Low-A, 75/55 K/BB, 85 hits, 1.95 GO/AO; would like to see more strikeouts given his high school reputation and command obviously needs to improve.

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4) German Marquez, RHP, Grade B/B+: Age 22, signed by Rays out of Venezuela in 2011, traded to Rockies in Jake McGee/Corey Dickerson deal; 4.13 ERA in 113 major league innings, 107/37 K/BB, 110 hits; a very successful rookie campaign especially given the context.

5) Tom Murphy, C, Grade B/B+: Age 26, playing time limited by arm fracture but back on the field now in Triple-A, hitting .254/.301/.447 in 114 at-bats; I still like him if healthy.

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6) Raimel Tapia, OF, Grade B/B+: Age 23, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2010; destroying Triple-A (.370/.404/.523) and has hit pretty well in the majors (.287/.341/.434), just needs an opportunity.

7) Ryan McMahon, 3B-2B-1B, Grade B/B-: Age 22, second round pick in 2013, annihilated Double-A/Triple-A pitching at .354/.401/.587 and promoted to majors last week; has cut way back on strikeouts, glove has improved as well. Elite prospect.

8) Kyle Freeland, LHP, Grade B-: Age 24, first round pick in 2014 from University of Evansville; very impressive debut season, 3.74 ERA in 128 innings, 82/46 K/BB; just off disabled list following groin strain; seems legit as long as health holds up.

9) Forrest Wall, 2B-OF, Grade B-: Age 21, compensation pick in 2014; hit .299/.361/.471 in 87 at-bats in High-A until going on disabled list in May with shoulder injury, will miss rest of season.

10) Ryan Castellani, RHP, Grade B-: Age 21, second round pick in 2014 from high school in Arizona, 5.27 ERA with 108/39 K/BB in 133 innings in Double-A, 148 hits; several very strong outings but the bad ones are bad enough to keep his ERA elevated. Still intriguing.

11) Yency Almonte, RHP, Grade B-/C+: Age 23, drafted by Angels in 17th round in 2012, traded to Rockies for Tommy Kahnle; 2.72 ERA in 99 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, 87/43 K/BB; probably a reliever long-term.

12) Peter Lambert, RHP, Grade B-/C+: Age 20, second round pick in 2015, 3.97 ERA in 127 innings in High-A, 123/26 K/BB; very polished for his age, looks like durable strike-thrower.

13) Ben Bowden, LHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 22, second round pick in 2016 from Vanderbilt; has missed entire season with undisclosed injury.

14) Sam Howard, LHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 24, third round pick in 2014 from Georgia Southern; 3.18 ERA in 110 innings between Double-A and Triple-A with 94/37 K/BB; fourth starter/command type but has held his own in difficult PCL.

15) Pedro Gonzalez, OF, Grade C+/B-: Age 19, signed for $1,300,000 out of Dominican Republic in 2014; hit poorly in Pioneer League in 2016, returned there for 2017 and has been much better, .309/.379/.503; 18 walks, 52 strikeouts in 181 at-bats; tools galore, very high ceiling.

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16) Antonio Senzatela, RHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 22, signed out of Venezuela in 2011; another successful Rockies rookie pitcher, 4.64 ERA in 114 innings, 87/39 K/BB, 105 hits; awesome quartet with Freeland, Marquez, Hoffman.

17) Dom Nunez, C, Grade C+: Age 22, sixth round pick in 2013; hitting .180/.323/.322 in Double-A with 10 homers, 48 walks, 73 strikeouts in 255 at-bats; defense, power, patience all promising but a .180 average is an obvious problem.

18) Tyler Nevin, 3B, Grade C+: Age 20, comp round pick in 2015, son of former major leaguer Phil Nevin; hitting .273/.337/.400 in 220 at-bats in Low-A; showing most of his power in friendly Asheville (.479 SLG vs .341 on the road); not a horrible year but not living up to his potential either, working off rust after missing all but one game in 2016 due to a severe hamstring injury.

19) Colton Welker, 3B, Grade C+: Age 19, fourth round pick in 2016 from high school in Florida; very hot start hitting .365/.409/.532 in Low-A over 222 at-bats, went on disabled list with undisclosed injury on June 16th and has not returned.

20) Jose Gomez, INF, Grade C+: Age 20, signed out of Venezuela in 2013; hit .324/.374/.437 in 318 at-bats in Low-A, then traded to Philadelphia Phillies in Pat Neshek deal.


Parker French, RHP: 6.26 ERA in 124 innings in Double-A, 66/51 K/BB; move him to the bullpen?
Garrett Hampson, SS: Hitting .315/.376/.448 with 45 steals in High-A, excellent glove Brian Mundell, 1B: Hitting .298/.383/.469 between High-A and Double-A, 15 homers.
Harrison Musgrave, LHP: 6.79 ERA in 54 innings in Triple-A, fighting injuries.

Mike Nikorak, RHP: Injured all year.
Jordan Patterson, OF-1B: Hitting .286/.351/.549 in Triple-A.
Helmis Rodriguez, LHP: 4.62 ERA in 51 innings in High-A, 32/22 K/BB.
Jack Wynkoop, LHP: 4.53 ERA in 129 innings in Double-A, 72/21 K/BB, 147 hits.

With the large number of graduations, the 2018 list will obviously look much different. I’m working to finish the reviews ASAP.