Colorado Rockies 2015 Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: JP Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and scouting videos, as well as statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

COLORADO ROCKIES

1: Jon Gray RHP
2: David Dahl OF
3: Eddie Butler RHP
4: Kyle Freeland LHP
5: Forrest Wall 2B
6: Ryan McMahon 1B/3B
7: Raimel Tapia OF
8: Tyler Anderson LHP
9: Kyle Parker OF
10: Rosell Herrera SS
11: Trevor Story SS
12: Correlle Prime 1B
13: Cristhian Adames SS
14: Antonio Senzatela RHP
15: Dan Winkler RHP
16: Tom Murphy C
17: Kevin Padlo 3B
18: Dom Nunez C
19: Emerson Jimenez SS
20: Ryan Castellani RHP

Colorado Rockies 2014 Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

COLORADO ROCKIES

1. Jonathan Gray RHP


2. Eddie Butler RHP


3. David Dahl OF


4. Rosell Herrera SS


5. Kyle Parker 1B


6. Raimel Tapia OF


7. Trevor Story SS


8. Chad Bettis RHP


9. Ryan McMahon 3B


10. Antonio Senzatela RHP


11. Tyler Anderson LHP


12. Ryan Warner RHP


13. Dan Winkler RHP


14. Jayson Aquino LHP


15. Tom Murphy C


16. Alex Balog RHP


17. Emerson Jimenez SS


18. Tyler Matzek LHP


19. Jose Briceno C


20. Wilfredo Rodriguez C

Colorado Rockies 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospect Rankings

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Colorado Rockies organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.
(Stats through 7/20/2012)

1) Nolan Arenado – 3B
Highest Level: AA Tulsa Drillers
2012 Stats:
MILB: .261, 18(2B), 1(3B), 7HR, 39RBI

2) Trevor Story – SS
Highest Level: Low-A Asheville Tourists
2012 Stats:
MILB: .265, 27(2B), 5(3B), 13HR, 47RBI, 9SB

3) David Dahl – OF
Highest Level: Rookie League Grand Junction Rockies
2012 Stats:
MILB: .330, 8(2B), 3(3B), 2HR, 18RBI

4) Tyler Anderson – P
Highest Level: Low-A Asheville Tourists
2012 Stats:
MILB: 8-2, 2.64ERA, 78.1IP, 19BB, 44K, .238BAA

5) Edwar Cabrera – P
Highest Level: MLB Colorado Rockies
2012 Stats:
MLB: 0-1, 19.29ERA, 2.1IP, 3BB, 1K, .417BAA
MILB: 11-4, 3.03ERA, 118.2IP, 34BB, 111K, .194BAA

Send your questions or feedback to J.P. on twitter @Jaypers413

2012 Colorado Rockies Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413 on Twitter
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2012 Colorado Rockies Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Colorado Rockies Top Prospects. If you have any questions about my rankings, feel free to shoot me a message on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Drew Pomeranz LHP
Born: 11/12/1988
Highest Level Reached: MLB Colorado Rockies
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: 4-3, 1.78ERA, 101IP, 38BB, 119K, .189BAA
MAJORS: 2-1, 5.40ERA, 18.1IP, 5BB, 13K, .271BAA

#2 Nolan Arenado 3B
Born: 4/16/1991
Highest Level Reached: High-A Modesto Nuts
2011 Combined Stats: .298, 32(2B), 3(3B), 20HR, 122RBI

#3 Wilin Rosario C
Born: 2/23/1989
Highest Level Reached: MLB Colorado Rockies
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .249, 15(2B), 3(3B), 21HR, 48RBI
MAJORS: .204, 3(2B), 1(3B), 3HR, 8RBI (11 hits in 54 at-bats)

#4 Chad Bettis RHP
Born: 4/26/1989
Highest Level Reached: High-A Modesto Nuts
2011 Combined Stats: 12-5, 3.34ERA, 169.2IP, 45BB, 184K, .225BAA

#5 Trevor Story SS
Born: 11/15/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Casper Ghosts
2011 Combined Stats: .268, 8(2B), 2(3B), 6HR, 28RBI, 13SB

#6 Tim Wheeler OF
Born: 1/21/1988
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Tulsa Drillers
2011 Combined Stats: .287, 28(2B), 6(3B), 33HR, 86RBI, 21SB

#7 Charlie Blackmon OF
Born: 7/1/1986
Highest Level Reached: MLB Colorado Rockies
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .337, 19(2B), 4(3B), 10HR, 49RBI, 12SB
MAJORS: .255, 1(2B), 1HR, 8RBI, 5SB (25 hits in 97 at-bats)

#8 Tyler Matzek LHP
Born: 10/19/1990
Highest Level Reached: High-A Modesto Nuts
2011 Combined Stats: 5-7, 6.22ERA, 97IP, 96BB, 111K, .225BAA

#9 Kyle Parker OF
Born: 9/30/1989
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Asheville Tourists
2011 Combined Stats: .285, 23(2B), 1(3B), 21HR, 95RBI

#10 Christian Friedrich LHP
Born: 7/8/1987
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Tulsa Drillers
2011 Combined Stats: 6-10, 5.00ERA, 133.1IP, 43BB, 103K, .286BAA

#11 Tyler Anderson LHP
Born: 12/30/1989
Highest Level Reached: 1st Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#12 Cristhian Adames SS
Born: 7/26/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Asheville Tourists
2011 Combined Stats: .273, 17(2B), 2(3B), 8HR, 44RBI

#13 Rosell Herrera SS
Born: 10/16/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Casper Ghosts
2011 Combined Stats: .284, 6(2B), 8(3B), 6HR, 34RBI

#14 Edwar Cabrera LHP
Born: 10/20/1987
Highest Level Reached: High-A Modesto Nuts
2011 Combined Stats: 8-3, 3.34ERA, 167IP, 41BB, 217K, .244BAA

#15 Corey Dickerson OF
Born: 5/22/1989
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Asheville Tourists
2011 Combined Stats: .282, 27(2B), 5(3B), 32HR, 87RBI, 9SB

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

Former Big League Pitcher Jerry Dipoto Now A Front Office Wizard

In his big league career, Jerry Dipoto accounted for 27 wins in eight seasons on the mound for Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Colorado Rockies in the mid to late 1990′s and managed to beat thyroid cancer along the way. The 43 year old, recently served as the Arizona Diamondbacks interim general manager before becoming the senior vice president of scouting and player development, following the club’s hiring of Kevin Towers as GM in September of last year. The work Dipoto has done with the Diamondbacks has not only helped them reach the playoffs this season, but has given them one of the deepest farm systems in baseball featuring the likes of Jarrod Parker, Tyler Skaggs, Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley, Matt Davidson, Bobby Borchering, Ryan Wheeler, A.J. Pollock, and more all within striking distance of the major league level. That list doesn’t even include Paul Goldschmidt labeled by some as the minor league player of the year for 2011 who was a big part of the Diamondbacks playoff push. In the story link below, Dipoto talks about building the Diamondbacks into the organization it is today, and his colleagues talk about how the former pitcher is establishing himself as a future major league baseball general manager.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jerry Dipoto is the man with a plan — AZCentral.com

2011 Colorado Rockies Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Colorado Rockies preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Tyler Matzek GRADE: C-
Matzek went a combined 5-7 with a 6.22ERA between the Low-A Asheville Tourists and the High-A Modesto Nuts. We walked 96 and struck out 111 in 97 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .225 off Matzek on the year. He improved greatly following nearly a month off to work with his youth pitching coach. He allowed just one earned run and struck out 15 over his final two starts of the season.

#2 Wilin Rosario GRADE: B-
Rosario batted .249 with 15 Doubles, 3 Triples, 21 Home Runs and 48 RBI’s for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. Through September 17th, Rosario was batting .212 with 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 2 Home Runs and 4 RBI’s in 33 big league at-bats with the Rockies.

#3 Nolan Arenado GRADE: A+
Arenado batted .289 with 32 Doubles, 3 Triples, 20 Home Runs and a minor league baseball leading 122 RBI’s at High-A Modesto. He walked 47 times and struck out just 53 times in 134 games.

#4 Chad Bettis GRADE: A
Bettis went 12-5 with a 3.34ERA at High-A Modesto. He walked 45 and struck out 184 in 169.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .225 off Bettis in the very hitter friendly California League.

#5 Christian Friedrich GRADE: C-
Friedrich went 6-10 with a 5.00ERA in 25 starts at Double-A Tulsa. He walked 43 and struck out 103 in 133.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .286 off Friedrich on the year. He went 0-5 with a 6.71ERA in his last 10 starts of the season.

#6 Kyle Parker GRADE: B+ Parker batted .285 with 23 Doubles, 1 Triple, 21 Home Runs and 95 RBI’s for Low-A Asheville. He walked 48 times and struck out 133 times in 117 games.

#7 Rex Brothers GRADE: A
Through September 17th, Brothers was 1-2 with a 3.11ERA and 1 save in 37.2 big league innings with the Rockies. He has walked 19 and struck out 53. Major league hitters are batting just .220 against Brothers this season. For the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Brothers went 3-2 with a 2.89ERA with 15 walks and 45 strikeouts in 28 innings of work.

#8 Peter Tago GRADE: D+
Tago was 3-5 with a 7.07ERA for Low-A Asheville. He walked 72 and struck out 58 in 90.1 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .267 against Tago.

#9 Albert Campos GRADE: C
Campos went 6-4 with a 5.19ERA for Low-A Asheville. He walked 19 and struck out 64 batters in 86.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .316 against Campos on the season.

#10 Corey Dickerson GRADE: B
Dickerson batted .282, with 27 Doubles, 5 Triples, 32 Home Runs and 87 RBI’s for Low-A Ashville. The home road splits for Dickerson prevent him from getting a higher grade. At the hitter friendly home stadium in Ashville, he batted .354 with a .844 slugging percentage. On the road Dickerson batted just .193 with a .363 slugging percentage. 26 of Dickerson’s 32 Home Runs were hit at home.

#11 Charlie Blackmon GRADE: B
Blackmon batted .337 with 19 Doubles, 4 Triples, 10 Home Runs, 49 RBI’s and 12 Stolen Bases in 58 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs. The hot start earned him a promotion to the Rockies where he batted .255 with 1 Double, 1 Home Run and 8 RBI’s in 27 big league games before fracturing his foot in July.

#12 Tim Wheeler GRADE: A+
Wheeler batted .287 with 28 Doubles, 6 Triples, 33 Home Runs, and 86 RBI’s at Double-A Tulsa. He also stole 21 bases on the season. Wheeler walked 59 times and struck out 142 times in 138 games.

#13 Hector Gomez GRADE: C+
Gomez batted .235 with 23 Doubles, 6 Triples, 14 Home Runs and 50RBI’s for Double-A Tulsa. He also stole 16 bases. He walked 19 times and struck out 94 times in 102 games. Through September 17th, Gomez had two hits in six big league at-bats for the Rockies.

#14 Juan Nicasio GRADE: B
Nicasio went 4-4 with a 4.14ERA in 13 starts for the Rockies before suffering a potentially career ending broke neck after being hit in the head with a line drive on August 5th. Prior to his promotion to the big leagues, Nicasio was 5-1 with a 2.22ERA at Double-A Tulsa. Nicasio’s grade reflects his accomplishment prior to the broken neck.

#15 Josh Slaats GRADE: C+
Slaats went 7-3 with a 4.18ERA for Low-A Asheville. He walked 51 and struck out 103 in 125 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .274 off Slaats on the season.

Drew Pomeranz Out For The Season Following Emergency Appendectomy

According to the Tulsa Drillers official twitter page @TulsaDrillers, top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz will miss the remainder of the 2011 minor league season following emergency surgery to remove his appendix. It brings an end to an outstanding season for the 2010 first round pick of the Cleveland Indians out of Ole Miss who was the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Rockies. In his Rockies organizational debut at Double-A Tulsa on Wednesday night, Pomeranz went 7 innings allowing two hits and striking out four in a Drillers win. Overall between the Drillers as well as the Indians High-A Kinston Indians, and Double-A Akron Aeros, the 6’5″ lefty posted a 4-3 record with a 1.84ERA, walking 38 and striking out 116 in 98 innings of work. Opposing hitters are batting just .197 against Pomeranz on the season. Tough way to end a spectacular first season as a pro, which had talk of an impending September call-up.

Former Tigers, Reds, & Rockies Outfielder Kimera Bartee Now Teaching As Manager For Short-A State College Spikes

From the time his career began as a prospect with the Baltimore Orioles to his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 1996 and continuing through the remainder of his six year major league career that included stops with the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies, Kimera Bartee was always a student of the game. That attention to detail has served him well as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates Short-A affiliate the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League. In the story Batree talks about being the rare manager who prefers to coach at first base rather than third, teaching the finer points of baserunning to his players, and having had the opportunity to learn from some of baseball’s best base runners during his playing days.

Life on the run — CentreDaily.com

San Francisco Giants Farmhand Brad Eldred Has An Intense Pre-At-Bat Ritual

Superstitions and rituals are commonplace in the world of baseball. Some are mild, some are extreme such as the pre-at-bat ritual of Brad Eldred. The former Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies first base/outfielder is now with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies after signing with the San Francisco Giants in the offseason. In the video, Eldred goes through a long ritual prior to a recent at-bat. It seems to be working as he hit his 20th Home Run for Fresno on Wednesday.

Drew Pomeranz Expresses Surprise After Being Traded To The Colorado Rockies

Top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz did not expect to be traded less than a year after signing with the Cleveland Indians who made him the fifth overall pick in 2010 out of Ole Miss. But in a trade deadline blockbuster, Pomeranz was was dealt to the Colorado Rockies, as the player to be named later, and the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez deal. The 6’5″ lefty is now in two weeks of limbo as he cannot officially be traded until August 15th, a calender year after he signed with Cleveland. So for now Pomeranz is back in his hometown of Memphis having cleared out his locker and said goodbye to his Akron Aeros teammates. He will report to the Indians camp in Goodyear, Arizona on Wednesday where he will remain until joining the Rockies organization on the 15th. In the story. which is a great read, Pomeranz talks about being shocked that he was traded, the awkwardness of being in limbo, and the prospects of pitching at Coors Field.

Drew Pomeranz deals with whirlwind last few days after trade to Rockies — DenverPost.com