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Prospect Profiles: Colorado Rockies

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The 2016 Colorado Rockies finished with a 75-87 record, finishing 3rd in the NL West. Coming into the 2016 season, the Rockies seemed a few missing pieces away from making a run after trading away Troy Tulowitzki for a haul of prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rockies farm system took a bit of a hit as Trevor Story and David Dahl both graduated to the major league level.

Brendan Rodgers SS:

The Rockies first round pick in 2015, Rodgers slashed .281/.342/.480 in 442 at bats in Asheville in Low-A. Rodgers added 19 homers and 31 doubles, with 35 walks. The third shortstop picked in the 2015 draft, he shows the hands and the arm to be able to stick at shortstop, that path now looks blocked with Trevor Story.

He shows at least average for all 5 tools, but his range could deteriorate making him move to second base. While Rodgers showed good overall numbers, a lot of Rodgers damage came while he was at home in hitter friendly Asheville. Rodgers battled a leg injury in his pro debut but there are no questions about his durability. Rodgers should shift over to second base to help propel him to the majors, and solidify an already strong Rockies infield.

ETA:2019

 Jeff Hoffman RHP:

One of the main centerpieces of return for the Rockies in the Tulowitzki trade, a former Blue Jays first round pick in 2014. While many pitchers don’t fare too well in Colorado, Hoffman leads a stable young talented pitchers that hope to slice through the thin Colorado air.

Hoffman features a fastball that averages out in the 92-94mph range. He posted a 4.02 ERA, with a 124/44 K/BB ratio in 119 innings of work in the PCL. Hoffman also features a curveball and change up, he showed command of all 3 pitches in his minor league work. Has the stuff to be a future number 2 starter.

ETA: 2017

Riley Pint RHP:

The first round pick of the Rockies in the 2016 draft out of his highschool in Kansas. Pint features a fastball that sits between 95-100 and even flashed 102mph during his highschool career. Pint shows the athleticism to be an all-around frontline pitcher.

He also features a plus curveball and a slider that rates as average. He has a changeup that needs to be worked on a bit. The biggest concern with Pint is that he throws with max effort every pitch, leading to command issues and questions about his durability.

ETA: 2020

German Marquez RHP:

Originally signed by the Royals, the 21 year old came over as part of the Corey Dickerson/Jake McGee deal. Marquez posted a 3.13 ERA in 167 innings between AA and AAA. Also spent some time at the major league level as he struggled to a 5.23 ERA in 21 innings.

Marquez features a fastball in the 92-96MPH range, with an above average curve and a change up that has improved. While the Coors effect will hurt him in the majors, Marquez fills the zone and should be able to keep hitters off balance.

ETA: 2017

Tom Murphy C:

Murphy hit .327/.361/.647 with 19 homers in AAA this past season. He would go on to get some playing time in the majors, and hit a respectable .273/.347/.659 in 44 at bats. Hasn’t shown a great skills as a defender, but isn’t a bad defender either.

Murphy’s biggest tool is his power. He plays well in Coors Field, as the power numbers there will help mask his lower averages and weakness. Won’t throw out a ton of base runners but can hold his own behind the plate.

ETA: 2017

Raimel Tapia OF:

22 year old who signed out of the Dominican Republic, Tapia hit .328/.361/.458 with 23 steals between AA and AAA. Tapia saw some time in the majors, his best tool is his speed, could slot in at center short term. Plays best as a replacement player, will provide speed off the bench could use more patience to boost his OBP.

ETA: 2017

Ryan McMahon 3B/1B:

A second round pick in 2013, McMahon is a power left handed bat, but his defensive struggles made him switch to first base last season. Struggles to make contact, and field his position. Young enough to still make the needed adjustments but the concern for McMahon has risen.

ETA: 2018

Kyle Freeland LHP:

A 23 year old first round pick in 2014 from the University of Evansville, he posted a 3.89 ERA in 162 innings between AA and AAA. Struggled with arm injuries in 2015, mid 90’s fastball mixed in with a slider and a workable change up and curveball. Room for error in Coor’s is thin, Freeland profiles as a number four starter 4.

ETA: 2017

Forrest Wall 2B-OF:

Wall has one of the best looking swings in the Rockies system, but the stats don’t match as he hit .264/.329/.355 in 459 bats of High A. He struggled at 2nd base making 32 errors and has been transitioned to the outfield. Wall is young enough to turn it around but is running out of time.

Ryan Castellani RHP:

A second round pick from his highschool in 2014, posted a 3.81 ERA in 168 innings of High A. Features a fastball with a slider and a change up to round out his arsenal. If he can continue to throw strikes, Castellani should be a solid number 4 starter.

ETA: 2019