Few things are more fun in the world of Major League Baseball that seeing a good prospect work his way up the ladder in the organization. The Colorado Rockies have had the pleasure of seeing that happen a few times and one player that has done that recently has been outfield prospect Tim Wheeler. Wheeler could have popped onto the scene earlier if it wasn’t for injuries. Now however it looks like he might work a little better as a possible trade chip than an everyday player.
There are several good outfielders in the Rockies organization and Wheeler has kind of fallen backwards a little bit. His outburst home run season has turned into a one-time thing and this past season his defense took a little step in the wrong direction with 10 errors. His start in the Arizona Fall League hasn’t blown the doors off either which leads you to think he might need a little more time at the triple-A level. The fact that there is a spot likely available at the MLB level doesn’t mean it will be filled by Wheeler after all.
Instead of putting Wheeler through another season at the same triple-A team, it is possible another team could see him as a prospect they could shoot forward to become a contributor for them. If that were true, the Rockies might think about entertaining the idea that he could be tradable in a deal to bring in some pitching help either in the form of a starter or reliever. Still, with the time he has put in, he should get a good look during Spring Training 2014. Who knows, he might be able to burst on the scene for the Rockies in that way as well.