Colorado Rockies Top Prospects

Here’s our top prospects in the Colorado Rockies’ organization:

1Ryan McMahon1BA-2018MediumMcMahon is one of the most underrated prospects in the game. At Coors, he will hit 30 homers easily, and if he ever goes elsewhere, we’re looking at a top-3 doubles hitter. Furthermore, the plate discipline for a power hitting first baseman is encouraging. He looks like a .320/.430/.490 hitter with All-Star potential.
2Brendan RodgersINFB+2018LowRodgers looks like someone took Troy Tulowitzki and put him into the copier. Overall, he has the talent to be a generational player, however he does not come without his red flags. First of all, he has had his fair share of knee injuries. Now, many Rockies fans will see this and think, sure but Tulo had knee injuries and always came back strong, Chase Utley had knee injuries and he’s still playing at a rather high level at 39 years old.

That may be, however there is one fatal flaw here. Rodgers NEVER walks. Once you lose your legs, your bat speed drops causing the average and power to dip. When you have the ability to walk and continue to get on base, your OPS remains rather high or at least around league average. That is my only concern for Rodgers. My advice to Bridich: Enjoy him while he’s young, and then flip him for a king’s ransom before it is too late.

3Garrett HampsonINFB+2019MediumHampson is pretty much a better version of DJ LeMahieu. He has a better hit tool, elite speed and a plus glove. 2019 seems a bit more likely, however don’t be shocked to see a September call-up.
4Colton Welker3BB/B+2020LowWelker’s a strange case. He man-handled Sally League pitching, like he was hitting off of his younger sister’s softball team, however it remains to be seen how he will do against better competition. Welker looks like a six-hole hitter based on the fact that he has solid, albeit unspectacular power and doesn’t really run well, but will hit for average and maybe a bit more. Overall, we’re looking at a Justin Morneau type bat, minus some of the plate discipline and power. He looks like a .310/.360/.440 hitter with about 12-15 home runs.
5Yency AlmonteRHPB/B+Late-2018MediumA trade that was initially thought of as a DFA trade might go down in history as one of the most important 1-for-1 deals over the last five years, Almonte was acquired as a minor league filler piece for the middle reliever Tommy Kahnle. Fast forward three years and Kahnle is one of the premier relievers in the league, while Almonte has become a very solid starting pitching prospect. The sky’s the limit for Almonte and it would be realistic to consider him a No. 2 or a solid No. 3.
6Ryan Vilade3BB/B+2020HighThe hit tool and plate discipline are solid and the arm is amazing. The only problem is that he hasn’t tapped into that power yet. If he does, then we’re looking at a No. 5 hitter third baseman, however if not, he’s a contact bat without a position.
7Sam HilliardOFBLate-2018MediumThis kid is an anomally. While he is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound outfielder, he managed to post 37 stolen bases. Hilliard is the exact type of player who would be a hero at Coors. He’s a bit like Charlie Blackmon in that he has the potential to be a 20/20 (or maybe even 30/30) guy. There’s still some risk, however he’s athletic and should see his notoriety sky rocket over the next year.
8Sam HowardLHPB2018Relatively LowHoward has very solid control, a solid upper-90s fastball and a nice changeup/slider mix to fall back on Furthermore, he has a high baseball IQ and will be able to adjust when he reaches Coors. He could easily outperform expectations.
9Peter LambertRHPB2019lowLambert is a well-rounded starter with the potential to be a Mark Buehrle type innings eater, however he does need to work on the long ball. As a sinker baller, Colorado might not be the best place for him. Regardless, he could have a solid major league career.
10Ryan CastellaniRHPB-2018Relatively HighHe needs to be moved to the bullpen. If he remains a starter, we’re looking at an underwhelming No. 4 who looks worse at Coors, however as a reliever, his 97 mph fastball plays up and his secondaries look considerably better. We could be talking All-Star closer.
11Riley PintRHPC+/B-2019HighPint has always been a bit overrated. There are a ton of guys who can hit triple digits nowadays, but the list of guys who can control it is about 1/10th. Pint can not control it. Furthermore, his durability is a major red flag. Move him to relief and see if his stuff plays up, and he can control it better in short stints, however there are huge red flags.
12Justin LawrenceRHPC+2019Relatively LowLawrence is exactly the reliever that they need in Colorado. He has a plus fastball that reaches 98 mph with a plus slider, great control and the ability to induce ground outs. He’s up sooner than many expect.
13Forrest WallOFC+2019MediumWall has had trouble staying on the field, and his tools haven’t exactly translated to pro-ball at all. He’s a line-drive hitter off of the bench who can turn singles into doubles and score from first when need be.
14Brian Mundell1BC+2018LowMundell isn’t much with the glove, nor can he run at all, however his bat will provide some value as will his make-up. He looks like the type of guy who is a very solid bench bat who becomes something of a fan favorite, folk hero type of guy who can come up in the clutch.
15Jordan Patterson1BC+2018LowPatterson will get chances in the major leagues. As a bench outfielder with decent pop and a solid glove, he will certainly provide value for his team for years to come. He looks like a .245/.260/.400 type guy. Low ceiling, high floor.
16Ben BowdenLHPC/C+2020MediumThere are some injury issues, however the solid mid-upper 90s heater from the left-side, solid change and decent control make him a very solid lefty middle relief option. His ceiling is higher if he can improve his command a little bit more.
17Jairo DiazRHPC/C+2018LowThe control has actually improved, however he needs to get a legitimate opportunity to show that he’s healthy. Overall, he has the potential to reach triple digits and his slider is above average. The ceiling is a closer but the floor is emergency call-up.
18Bret Boswell2BC/C+2020MediumHis glove is solid, and his power from the left-side will probably play up at Coors, however, he may not be able to hit enough to be a regular. He looks lik a .270/.310/.390 hitter with the Coors inflation. Outside of Coors, we’re looking at .240/.270/.340
19Noel CuevasOFC2018LowYes, Cuevas hit .312/.353/.487 with 15 home runs and 16 stolen bases in Triple-A last season, however keep in mind that it was in the Pacific Coast League and he’s not new to the level, now having been in affiliated ball since 2010. It probably doesn’t translate to anything more than a solid, albeit unspectacular glove first fourth outfielder.
20Chad Spanberger1BC2019Relatively LowThe Rockies have about 11 or 12 of this exact player in their system. In theory it’s a good strategy considering their power plays up at Coors, however, they can only ever really play first. Spanberger is polished enough however to at least get a cameo somewhere.
21Breiling EusebioLHPC2021Extremely HighEusebio has a solid curve and a decent fastball. His control, however isn’t great, and he has been hit rather hard. Furthermore, he will be entering his fifth pro season and has only thrown 40 innings in full-season ball. He looks like he would fit as maybe a LOOGY right now, however there seems to be a little bit of room for him to add strength, so maybe he can increase his velocity as a reliever.
22James FarrisRHPC2019LowFarris is a low-ceiling, high floor middle reliever. It wouldn’t be crazy to see him one day serving in a seventh inning capacity, however taxi squad seems a lot more likely. Furthermore, he is getting up there in age for a prospect.
23Tom MurphyCC2018LowMurphy is almost 27 years old, and has not even been able to hit in the pacific coast league. Based on his below average glove, he’s a third catcher at best.
24Harrison MusgraveLHPC2018LowHe’ll keep getting minor league contracts because he throws from the left side, however he has durability issues, no fastball, below average control and little margin for error. The reason he’s ahead of Nikorak though is because he will at least see a little bit of major league time.
25Dom NunezCC2018LowHe’s a defense first emergency catcher, like a George Kottaras or a Bobby Wilson, however it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to hit in the majors.
26Dante Bichette1BC2019MediumHe has good plate discipline, however none of the other tools have translated. Colorado could turn out to be a good move for the former first round pick, but he’s a lottery ticket at this point.
27Tyler Nevin1BC2020HighNevin’s bat might be good enough to stick on a bench somewhere, however, he is awful defensively, with first base and the only real possibility for him. This puts his career as a whole into question.
28Will GaddisRHPC2021MediumIt might be a little bit early to give up on this kid, however a 5.68 ERA with a .353 BAA over 44.1 innings is a bit insane. The control was great, however his K/9 rate was awful. Barring a miraculous turnaround, we’re looking at a swing ceiling and organizational depth floor.
29Daniel MontanoOFC2023Extremely HighHe’s fast, but all of his other tools are fringy and he’s still in the Dominican Summer League. Obviously the tools are there and he is still rather young, however he’s far away and doesn’t look like much right now.
30Mike NikorakRHPC2020Extremely HighNikorak is another fireballer with an erratic delivery that has resulted in poor control and poor durability. Considering he is still at Class-A going into his fourth pro-season, without ever really showing the potential to reach his potential, He doesn’t look like he’ll ever make it past Double-A barring some miracle comeback.
31Robert TylerRHPC2021Extremely HighThe kid has a fastball that borders on elite, however, he has absolutely no control and really can’t throw any secondaries very well. Furthermore, he’s hurt all of the time. Unless he somehow perfects the knuckle curve, he looks like depth.

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