Perhaps no team in the National League West has to focus on their prospects as much as the Colorado Rockies. Long the butt of many jokes in the NL West, the Rockies are once again trying to build a winner in a park where pitching goes to die. Behind the likes of Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, DJ LeMahieu, and others, the offense is as much there as it has ever been. However, the pitching at the big league level has taken quite a hit in recent years. The Rockies have had no trouble scoring runs in recent years, but have largely been unable to keep them off the board, leading to yet another last place finish in the 2015 season.
With that being said, there is cause for some optimism in the Colorado Rockies organization for the 2016 season. As they have in years past, the Rockies have once again built quite an impressive farm system, top heavy with quite a bit of potential impact talent. While the Rockies offense has always been consistently above average, the pitching staff has lagged behind. Despite having no short of strong position players in the minor leagues, the Rockies have put a renewed focus on accumulating pitching talent, as evidenced with the trade of Troy Tulowitzki last summer that brought Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco to town. With quite a few interesting pitching prospects in the top twenty, the Rockies are making it clear where their priorities lie going forward.
As with all the lists we will be putting out, the rankings are based upon in-person evaluations, video evaluations, extensive readings of other scouting reports, and conversations with scouts.