Saturday, August 20, 2011

Colorado Rockies Mid-Season Top 15 Prospects

This is my Top 15 prospects for the Colorado Rockies here at the halfway point. This list includes 2011 draft picks that have signed. Stats are as of August 19, 2011.

1. Drew Pomeranz, LHP - 4-3, 1.84 ERA, 98 IP, 68 H, 38 BB, 116 K (A+/AA)

The Indians 1st-round pick last year has been nothing short of fantastic this year and is one of the premier lefty prospects in all of baseball.

2. Nolan Arenado, 3B - 461 AB, .295/.342/.482, 17 HR, 108 RBI, 39 BB, 47 K, 2 SB 1 CS (A+)

Just 20 years old Arenado has been a run producing machine with a great approach at the plate and outstanding strike-zone discipline. His power also continues to come around nicely along with his defensive play.

3. Alex White, RHP - 2-1, 1.80 ERA, 40 IP, 29 H, 6 BB, 38 K (AAA/AA)

White used his plus fastball/splitter combo to earn a big-league promotion while with Cleveland. He is currently on a rehab assignment after being traded to the Rockies but he is ML ready right now.

4. Tim Wheeler, OF - 491 AB, .289/.369/.544, 29 HR, 79 RBI, 52 BB, 125 K, 18 SB 11 CS (AA)

Wheeler is having a breakout year, especially in the power department. The strikeouts are a little troubling but its hard not to be excited about his power/speed abilities in right field.

5. Chad Bettis, RHP - 11-5, 3.37 ERA, 154.2 IP, 132 H, 43 BB, 165 K (A+)

Bettis has little left to prove in the hitter-friendly California League as he has used his low to mid 90's fastball and plus slider that he locates well to baffle opposing hitters.

6. Wilin Rosario, C - 358 AB, .254/.288/.455, 18 HR, 41 RBI, 16 BB, 77 K, 1 SB 2 CS (AA)

Power is the name of the game for Rosario as he has 18 homers and a plus arm behind the plate. However his OBP is surprisingly low in his 2nd stint with Tulsa.

7. Kyle Parker, OF - 398 AB, .279/.361/.485, 20 HR, 88 RBI, 42 BB, 120 K, 1 SB 0 CS (A)

The former Clemson quarterback has impressed with his power in his first full pro season, although he needs to cut down on the strikeouts if he wants to succeed at the higher levels.

8. Rex Brothers, LHP - 3-2, 2.89 ERA, 28 IP, 29 H, 15 BB, 45 K (AAA)

Brothers earned a big-league promotion in early June and has entrenched himself in the back of the Colorado bullpen and could challenge for the closer role some day.

9. Tyler Anderson, LHP - 8-3, 2.17 ERA, 107.2 IP, 73 H, 35 BB, 114 K (College)

Anderson shows great poise on the mound and has a solid low 90's fastball and a plus change with and improving slider. Should move relatively quickly through the minors as a polished lefty.

10. Edwar Cabrera, LHP - 8-2, 3.36 ERA, 150 IP, 143 H, 36 BB, 192 K (A/A+)

Although he is old for his levels at 23, Cabrera has dominated batters at Asheville and Modesto striking out 11.52 batters per 9 innings. Next year we will see if he can prove himself in the upper minors.

11. Josh Rutledge, SS - 397 AB, .343/.405/.474, 4 HR, 55 RBI, 35 BB, 81 K, 14 SB 3 CS (A+)

Rutledge has risen up as a relatively unheralded 3rd-round pick, but he shows the potential to be a great No.2 hitter and shows a great glove at SS.

12. Christian Friedrich, LHP - 6-8, 4.64 ERA, 120.1 IP, 136 H, 37 BB, 92 K (AA)

Friedrich has been very hittable this year despite his stuff, leaving the ball up in the zone. He has kept his walks down which is nice but he hasn't been able to finish hitters in favorable counts.

13. Tyler Matzek, LHP - 2-7, 7.34 ERA, 76 IP, 68 H, 88 BB, 87 K (A+/A)

2011 has been an absolute train wreck of a year for Matzek, although there is light at the end of the tunnel as he has been good in his three August starts.

14. Trevor Story, SS - 114 AB, .289/.390/.482, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 18 BB, 24 K, 9 SB 0 CS (RK)

Story was one of my favorite 2011 draft prospects as a 5-tool shortstop. He is more than holding his own as a pro so far and could be near the top of this list by the end of next season.

15. Peter Tago, RHP - 3-4, 6.21 ERA, 82.2 IP, 76 H, 59 BB, 55 K (A)

Tago has struggled with his control almost as much as Tyler Matzek and one can only hope for a fresh start next season for the young righty with electric stuff.


Samuel Mende, SS - 139 AB, .281/.363/.633, 12 HR, 35 RBI, 14 BB, 40 K, 5 SB 2 CS (RK)

The Rockies picked Mende in the 31st round of the 2011 draft and all he has done his hit for a ridiculous .633 SLG percentage with 12 homers in just 139 AB so far for Casper. Mende is part of a talented group of shortstops that fills the Rockies farm system, although they all have to look up to All-Star Troy Tulowitzki in Colorado.

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