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**Right below is the Rockies Top 20 list simplified. Scroll further down for FULL Present/Future Grades, FV, ETA, and summaries on EACH PLAYER ranked in the system! Tons of Statistics on each player as well! Some player highlights, future outlooks and more enjoy!**
|1||Zac Veen||OF||1st Round, Pick 9 (2020)|
|2||Michael Toglia||1B||1st Round, Pick 23 (2019)|
|3||Ryan Rolison||LHP||1st Round, Pick 22 (2018)|
|4||Ryan Vilade||3B/OF||2nd Round, Pick 48 (2017)|
|5||Chris McMahon||RHP||2nd Round, Pick 46 (2020)|
|6||Aaron Schunk||3B||2nd Round, Pick 62 (2019)|
|7||Drew Romo||C||CBA, Pick 35 (2020)|
|8||Grant Lavigne||1B||CBA, Pick 42 (2018)|
|9||Colton Welker||3B||4th Round, Pick 110 (2016)|
|10||Adael Amador||SS||International FA (2019)|
|11||Brenton Doyle||OF||4th Round, Pick 129 (2019)|
|12||Helcris Olivares||LHP||International FA (2016)|
|13||Sam Weatherly||LHP||3rd Round, Pick 81 (2020)|
|14||Julio Carreras||3B/SS||International FA (2018)|
|15||Karl Kauffman||RHP||CBB, Pick 77 (2019)|
|16||Will Etheridge||RHP||5th Round, Pick 159 (2019)|
|17||Eddy Diaz||2B/SS||International FA (2017)|
|18||Christian Koss||SS||12th Round, Pick 369 (2019)|
|19||Ben Bowden||LHP||2nd Round, Pick 45 (2016)|
|20||Ezequiel Tovar||SS||International FA (2017)|
1. Zac Veen – OF – Grand Junction Rockies (ROA)
18 Years Old – Bat: L – Throw: R – Ht: 6’4 Wt: 190 – ETA: 2024
NO PROFESSIONAL STATS
Zac Veen projects as an everyday corner-outfielder with a chance to play center. His projectable 6’4″ frame gives the Rockies a lot of room to add and develop strength. Veen can put on a power clinic in batting practice, utilizing his quick hands and wide stance to hit the ball to all fields with authority. He reminds me of a Michael Brantley-type player with a chance to hit for some more pop.
Some swing adjustments could go a long way for Veen’s in game power to really start showing up. In batting practice, which is where his pop really shows up, he uses a taller base which creates the leverage needed for over-the-fence power. Currently, he stands as more of a line-drive approach with authority to all fields. The swing is really smooth, and kind of reminds me of Cody Bellinger (who has shown some weaknesses this year.) Not to mention the venue he could be playing at, Coors Field. If he can begin to develop that launch angle the Rockies could have quite the bat in right field to take over for Charlie Blackmon.
Veen is an average runner, and will likely take a step back in that department as he continues to grow and develop muscle. As a current center fielder, he shows he can make good reads and gets to the balls he supposed to get to. However, he is most definitely suited for a corner spot, with his arm projecting for right field.
Being drafted as a prep player, he will have ample time to develop his skill set in the minors. He also has some great organizational depth ahead of him to watch and learn from.
2. Michael Toglia – 1B -Boise Hawks (A Short) – 22 Years Old – Bat: S – Throw: L – Ht: 6’5″ – Wt: 226 – ETA: 2022
Michael Toglia has all the measurables a team covets out of a first-baseman. For being 6’5″ Toglia moves extremely well, perhaps well enough to garner playing time in the outfield. However, his defense at first base is superb. If it wasn’t for Seattle’s newly promoted Evan White, Toglia might be considered the best fielding first baseman in the minors. He also shows plus arm strength and looks set to be the 1B for the Rockies for years to come. If the Rockies do end up wanting Toglia to play the outfield, think of players such as Cody Bellinger (without the speed) who also started out as slick-fielding first basemen who moved to the outfield and have played well. He has that kind of defensive prowess and awareness.
Toglia also provides plenty of raw power from both sides of the plate. He does have some strikeout tendencies but has offset that issue with his ability to draw walks. Some might be concerned with his ability to reach that pop in games, but his OBP should more than make up for it. Overall Toglia looks to be the real deal, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Though his offensive upside is still quite high, he does have some work to do to get to the run-producing type of first baseman that teams covet.
3. Ryan Rolison – LHP – Lancaster Jet Hawks (AAdv) – 23 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: L – Ht: 6’2″ – Wt: 213 – ETA: 2021
Ryan Rolison has lofty expectations in the Rockies organization, and they believe he performed well during his first full year of pro-ball. He can spot his low-to-mid 90s fastball pretty well, with his arm side command needing a little bit of work. His curveball has proven itself to be a quality out-pitch when he is going good, however it does lose shape every now and then. He utilizes his sliders to keep lefties off-balance and can sweep it to the back foot of righties when needed.
Rolison has done a good job of living in the strike zone, limiting his walks. However, he will need to miss more bats if he wants to make a living in the zone. The Rockies see Rolison as a mid-to-back end starter. As long as he can limit the walks he will be a high-floor back-end starter.
4. Ryan Vilade – 3B/OF – Hartford Yard Goats (AA) – 21 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’2″ – Wt: 226 – ETA: 2021
Ryan Vilade has progressed extremely well year in and year out for the Rockies since his tenure began. He has great bat-to-ball skills and uses the whole field extremely well. Vilade also has a great idea of the strike zone, evident of his .438 OBP in 2019. He added strength over the offseason along with some mechanical changes and they have done wonders. He projects as a 20-25 homer guy with a chance to eclipse that 30 HR mark.
Defensively, Vilade had an off-year at SS which called for the move to third base. And has created 71 errors between 2018-2019. And the Rockies have moved him to a corner OF spot moving forward.
However, with organizational cornerstone Nolan Arenado manning the hot-corner, he could see time in left. His bat will likely force him into the lineup, but if the NL adopts the universal DH rule expect to see him as a regular.
5. Chris McMahon – RHP – Grand Junction Rockies (ROA) – 21 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’2″ – Wt: 217 – ETA: 2023
NO PROFESSIONAL STATS
Chris McMahon was a first-round talent that the Rockies were able to select in the second round this year. His fastball sits at 95-96 MPH but has shown up to 98. His curve needs some developing, as it can get a bit flat out of the hand when his mechanics are off. The changeup can be the quality third-pitch for McMahon, as he has shown that it can be effective for getting ground balls and missing the occasional bat.
The one issue with McMahon right now is that his mechanics can be a bit sloppy at times. This is evident when he is not getting out in front during his motion, causing him to be hit quite a bit.
At the end of the day, it will be up to McMahon to get his mechanics a bit more repeatable for him to be a quality pitcher in the Majors.
6. Aaron Schunk – 3B – Asheville Tourists (A Full) – 23 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’2″ – Wt: 205 – ETA: 2022
Aaron Schunk performed well in his debut in Asheville, showing his bat-to-ball skills by hitting .306. He has a line-drive approach to all fields, and could show above-average pop if he can develop launch angle into his swing. He could make a big jump by taking more walks, but he keeps his strikeout numbers low and consistently hits the ball hard.
Schunk does not run extremely well, but he does move well enough for the hot corner while, as an above average defender. As a collegiate closer, he has plenty of arm strength to make throws to first and could possibly see corner outfield time if there is a log-jam at 3B.
7. Drew Romo – C – Grand Junction Rockies (ROA) – 19 Years Old – Bats: S – Throws: R – Ht: 6’1″ – Wt: 205 – ETA: 2024
NO PROFESSIONAL STATS
Drew Romo was taken in the competitive balance round A by the Rockies for his defensive abilities behind the dish. He has a legitimate chance to develop into a gold-glove caliber catcher. Romo possesses soft hands and an above average arm which should bode well for his ability to stop the running game in the Majors.
Romo’s bat has progressed quite nicely over the years, especially after two seasons as the starting catcher for the U18 USA team. He is much better from the left side but has shown that he can handle his own from the right side. He has a chance to hit 15-20 homers per season but probably not more than that.
8. Grant Lavigne – 1B – Asheville Tourists (A Full) – 21 Years Old – Bats: L – Throws: R – Ht: 6’4″ – Wt: 220 – ETA: 2022
There is a lot to like about Grant Lavigne and his projectable 6’4″ frame. He has great bat speed and raw power due to quick hands and long levers. Lavigne did have a difficult first full season of pro-ball but that could be due to his ultra-patient approach at the plate. He has a great idea of the strike zone but has been slow to pull the trigger on good pitches to hit. If he can attack in early counts he could end up being a 25 homer guy with a great OBP which is hard to come by.
Lavigne could have a difficult path to big league playing time as organization-mate Michael Toglia looks to be the 1B of the future for the Rockies. Lavigne is more than capable at first base, but does not compare defensively to Toglia. He has a long way to go but the athleticism and baseball IQ are there.
9. Colton Welker – 3B – Hartford Yard Goats (AA) – 22 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’1″ – Wt: 235 – ETA: 2021
Colton Welker has been a hitting machine since being drafted by the Rockies, the only thing hampering him is his inability to stay healthy. Having gone down with injuries in multiple different seasons. However, when he is playing the kid can flat out hit the ball, and does so with authority. He does have a tendency to swing for the fences a bit too much, but that has become commonplace in today’s MLB. He draws walks at a decent clip which should help with finding playing time in the Big Leagues.
Welker could end up being moved from third base due to the likes of Nolan Arenado, Ryan Vilade, and Aaron Schunk ahead of him. He has seen time at 1B but he would need to improve on his run-producing ability to make it worth while for the Rockies.
10. Adael Amador – SS – Grand Junction Rockies (ROA) – 17 Years Old – Bats: S – Throws: R – Ht: 6’0″ – Wt: 160 – ETA: 2024
NO PROFESSIONAL STATS
Adael Amador is one of the youngest prospects in the organization at just 17 years old, but he has promising upside for a middle infielder with his build. He has quick twitch movements at the plate from both sides that can translate into good batting average as he develops his timing mechanisms. The power has slowly been showing up, but will most-likely never turn into above-average.
A realistic line for the upside here could be .270 and 10 homers over the course of a full season, but that still has quite a bit of value from a middle infielder with a plus arm and slightly above-average hands. He often makes the hard plays look routine, a promising attribute for a young middle infield prospect who could end up relying on the defensive side of the ball to progress through the ranks.
His swing from the left side is a bit ahead of that from the right side, but he is still smooth from both sides. There is a lot to like from Amador, but he will need to prove his value on the diamond in full-season ball in the US.
11. Brenton Doyle – OF – Grand Junction Rockies (ROA) – 22 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’3″ – Wt: 200 – ETA: 2022
Brenton Doyle reigns from Division II Shepherd College, and he has done nothing but impress during his short stint in rookie ball. He uses his smooth right handed swing to generate solid exit velocities with pop to all fields. Doyle, can sell out for power a bit too frequently, but has shown that he has a keen eye at the dish. He ended up leading rookie ball in OBP with a .477 clip. That goes with his .383 AVG and 8 homers. This kid has an impressive tool set that looks like it can translate nicely to the big leagues.
Doyle uses his above average speed to be a menace on the base paths as well as covering a lot of ground in center. He could end up being a corner outfielder, and a good one at that, if he gets stuck behind other outfield candidates in center. The only thing left to prove for Doyle is to see how he does in full-season ball, but with how well he performed in ROA it would be a safe bet to say he will thrive. Look for this kid to be an every day player in the Rockies organization in the years to come.
12. Helcris Olivarez – LHP – Grand Junction Rockies (ROA) – 20 Years Old – Bats: L – Throws: L – Ht: 6’2″ – Wt: 192 – ETA: 2023
At just 20 years old, Helcris Olivarez has promising upside from the left side. His mid-to-upper 90s fastball is his best offering, however he can have difficulties finding the zone for stretches of time. The ball flies out of his hand and looks to be a “heavy” fastball, meaning difficult and uncomfortable at bats for hitters. He has a curveball which can flash as plus, but it most definitely needs some refinement. It has sharp break and has an overall good feel for spinning it, leading this to be a true out-pitch when he has his good stuff going. His changeup is a bit behind his other offerings but it still looks to be an average to above-average third offering for the young lefty.
With plenty of developmental time ahead of him, Helcris has a repeatable motion that would lead one to think he shouldn’t have issues finding the zone in the future. He is one to watch during his developmental years, as his upside is rather high but at worst he could be a lethal lefty out of the pen for the Rockies in the years ahead.
13. Sam Weatherly – LHP – Grand Junction Rockies (ROA) – 21 Years Old – Bats: L – Throws: L – Ht: 6’4″ – Wt: 205 – ETA: 2023
NO PROFESSIONAL STATS
Standing at 6’4″, Sam Weatherly has the build to be a quality starter in the Major Leagues. He uses his low-to-mid 90s fastball with ride to set up his devastating low 80s slider to both sides of the plate. His changeup is quite a bit behind his other offerings, but it has flashed as an average to slightly above average pitch as he continues to increase its usage. Weatherly does have shortcomings, mostly in terms of his command. Particularly, Weatherly can have difficulties finding the zone with his fastball. He will need to clean up his delivery to effectively find the zone with consistency.
Weatherly is quite athletic for a pitcher, something which is being said more often than ever before. However, if he can not find the zone with his high-spin rate fastball, it will be a difficult path to a spot in the Rockies rotation. If all else fails, he could still be an effective reliever who relies on his slider to generate outs of both righties and lefties. There is a lot to like in this profile, evidence of being a 3rd round selection in this years draft. If he can continue the dominance that he showed in the shortened 2020 collegiate season, the Rockies could have found a backend starter with the ability to put up rather gaudy strikeout numbers.
14. Julio Carreras – 3B/SS – Grand Junction Rockies – 20 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’2″ – Wt: 190 – ETA: 2023
Julio Carreras stands as the true “wild-card” in this Rockies prospect list. With crazy athleticism and good on-field results, Carreras finds himself with a lot of work to do in the batters box to work his way into a Big League roster sometime down the road. His swing is all over the place, with a leg kick and stride that does not bode well for staying back on breaking pitches and a swing path that has cause for concern. However, he still finds himself hitting around .300 against pitchers that are quite a bit older than he is. This is due to lightning quick hands and above average hand-eye coordination.
The raw power is there, with some in game pop already showing up despite his rather lean frame. As he continues to fill out he could be a 20 homer guy from the left side of the infield, most likely at third base.
Carreras is an above average runner who is aggressive on the base paths, but will likely see a slight down-tick in speed as he continues to fill out. He has seen playing time at 3B, SS, and 2B in his short stint in the Rockies organization and has proven he can handle all three spots. He is most likely to stick at third due to his strong arm, but the speed and range can play at the middle infield positions. When it’s all said and done, it will be up to Carreras to clean up his swing to really have a shot at progressing through the minor league ranks.
15. Karl Kauffman – RHP – Boise Hawks (A Short) – 23 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’2″ – Wt: 200 – ETA: 2022
NO PROFESSIONAL STATS
Karl Kauffman pitched well for the Wolverines at the University of Michigan in his 3 year stint there. Using his mid-90s fastball/sinker to induce ground balls and generate swings and misses. He finds the zone rather consistently with the pitch, but his mechanics could use some more repeatability to really be a full-fledged strike thrower. His best secondary offering is his tumbling changeup with similar downward movement as his fastball, however he does take enough off the pitch for it to be effective at getting hitters off balance. His slider is not quite caught up to his other offerings but does flash the potential to be an average major league pitch.
Kauffman did not pitch in 2019 due to the run that he made with the Wolverines which ended with a 2nd place finish in the College World Series in Omaha. The Rockies envision him as a back-end starter who induces ground ball outs and lives in the zone. However, if he can improve on that slider to be a true wipeout pitch you can expect him to be a solid #3 or #4. If all else fails, he could end up being a valuable middle-innings reliever that can keep his team in ball games.
16. Will Etheridge – RHP – Boise Hawks (A Short) – 22 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’5″ – Wt: 240 – ETA: 2022
Will Etheridge was a rather safe selection in the 2019 draft for the Rockies, as he was effective at limiting damage at the collegiate level. Etheridge uses a heavy sinking fastball in the low-90s to generate ground ball outs and pairs it with a low 80s slider that can be inconsistent but still grades out at his best secondary offering. His changeup has flashed as an average third offering, as he gets good tumbling action due to his low three-quarters arm slot. Overall, the quality of his stuff is what will limit his ceiling as a pro player.
Etheridge does command the strike zone rather well, especially with his sinking fastball. It will take quite a bit of improvement from his secondary offerings if he wants to be considered as a middle of the rotation arm. However, his floor is high enough to believe that he could be a solid #4 or #5 arm that can keep his team in games due to his ability to keep his WHIP low. As long as he can continue to pound the zone and limit hard contact, it would be a safe bet to see him in the rotation a few years from now.
17. Eddy Diaz – 2B/SS – Grand Junction Rockies (ROA) – 20 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’0″ – Wt: 175 – ETA: 2023
Eddy Diaz is a burner, and there’s no other way to put it. This is evident of the 84 bases he stole in his first two seasons of professional ball. This is far and away his best tool, as he uses his speed and aggressiveness on the bases to be an impact player. The speed also shows up on the defensive side of the ball where his range and smooth hands play well for the middle infield, although his arm strength will most likely limit him to second base.
Diaz has shown that he can hit the ball to all fields with a line-drive approach, and does not project to develop much of any power. Those ingredients could lead him to be filling a utility role sometime down the road, but if he can add some strength and turn those singles into XBH there could be a chance to play rather often.
It will be interesting to see how his body progresses as he is only 175 pounds. He may not fill out too much more, but he could look to add muscle to his frame to make his profile stand out a bit more. As long as his speed and hands continue to improve there is a high probability that he lands on a big league roster, even if that is just as a defensive replacement or base-stealer.
18. Christian Koss – SS – Grand Junction Rockies (ROK) – 22 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – ETA: 2023
Christian Koss fell to a 12th Round pick due to a poor Junior year with UC Irvine. However, he showed his ability at the plate by posting a solid year in the Pioneer League.
Offensively he isn’t the biggest of hitters but he utilizes what he has to good effect. His clean contact with the ball makes him more of a contact hitter than a power hitter, but he tried adjusting his approach to be more aggressive and saw some problems with his SO rate.
Defensively he has the quick feet, good hands, and athleticism to make plays from SS. The only question marks would be his overall consistency in the field. He has the potential to be a solid defender, but then there are times where he may make a mistake. There were times where he played 2B and SS last season so he may end up being a utility player in the field.
19. Ben Bowden – LHP – Colorado Rockies (MLB) – 25 Years Old – Bats: L – Throws: L – Ht: 6’4″ – Wt: 249 – ETA: 2021
Ben Bowden possesses one of the best fastballs in the Rockies organization. With the pitch consistently hitting 96-97 MPH with excellent late life out of the pen. He is not afraid to go after hitters with his heater in the zone, and can generate swing and misses with it. His slider is not quite where it needs to be, at least when considering the make up of an above average MLB level closer. He does however possess a quality changeup with late downward action which is currently his best off-speed offering.
He has the “dog” mentality that is critical for a late inning reliever, and looks like he is close to MLB ready. Coming out of the pen has been where Bowden is at his best as he does not have to live in the strike zone to be effective. If he can continue to develop the slider into a strikeout pitch he could end up being the closer for the Rockies in short notice.
20. Ezequiel Tovar – SS – Grand Junction Rockies (ROA) -19 Years Old – Bats: R – Throws: R – Ht: 6’0 – Wt: 162 – ETA: 2024
Ezequiel Tovar was signed for $800k out of Venezuela, before sending him to play in the DSL in 2018. He did, however, make his American debut at A Short in 2019, a big jump for such a young player.
Offensively he held his own against older pitchers, averaging .249 with 8 XBHs and 13 SBs. His body movement perhaps is lacking in his upper-body to generate power through his swing. He is seen as more of a defensive player, and that allows him to focus on getting on-base and using his speed between the bases.
Defensively he looked at home in the pro leagues. His quick hands, average arm, and instincts allow him to be a solid fielder. If he can increase his batting upside then he could be a potential long-term SS for the Rockies down the line.
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