Ranking the Colorado Rockies’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Ranking the Colorado Rockies’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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2013 was a very good season for the Colorado Rockies as they began the Walt Weiss era in exciting fashion. They led the National League West more than once for more than a day at a time and were right in the middle of the race until the Los Angeles Dodgers ran away from everyone around mid-season. That doesn’t take away from the stellar job Weiss, his staff and the players did however.

Most certainly they gave themselves something to build upon. This offseason they have made it a mission to make the team even better. Sometimes that means signing free agents and they have done that. Other times that means making trades and they have done that as well. In those special circumstances however success can come as a result of home grown talent; drafted, signed and raised by the Rockies organization.

The best example of this from the 2013 roster has to be Nolan Arenado who burst onto the scene defensively with his offense coming along as well. He isn’t the only home grown product that will take the field for the Rockies over the next several seasons however. The players on this top 10 list are right there with him. Feel free to leave a comment below to voice your opinion.

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10 – Tim Wheeler

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This outfield prospect has great all around potential but his career path to the big leagues has been slowed by injuries. Whether or not he can overcome those injuries and complete his path to the bigs is up in the air at this point but the potential is certainly there.

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9 – Kyle Parker

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Some hitters just have great natural power given to them by the almighty and Parker is one of those. His .288/ .836 23/74 (AVG/OPS HR/RBI) 2013 season can attest to that fact. His outfield skills are there and his offensive skills are naturally great and getting better. It won’t be long before he commands attention from the big league club.

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8 – Chat Bettis

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Bettis is a right-hander that saw some MLB mound time in 2013. He fared well enough to be considered for an MLB slot in 2014 but not well enough to be considered ROTY favorite going into the season. Time will tell if he can compete at the MLB level the way he did in the minors.

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7 – Trevor Story

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Story isn’t the top listed shortstop prospect for the Rockies but is the best all around shortstop prospect in that he is likely the one that will remain a shortstop throughout his career. His 2013 season was a bit of a downer but his potential remains really strong. He just needs some work in 2014 and he’ll be right back on the road to the bigs.

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6 – Tom Murphy

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Murphy has always been a pretty good catching prospect but in 2013 his offense jumped to the forefront with numbers of .284/.948 22/83 for the season. It puts those in charge at the MLB level on notice that there is another big time catcher on the way up for the Rockies.

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5 – Tyler Anderson

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Anderson might be tailor made for Coors field. He is a solid left hander with a good four pitch mix. The best pitch he has is an awesome changeup with sinking motion. Can you say double-play grounder? Look for him to be a perfect fit for the Rockies before too long.

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4 – Rosell Herrera

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Herrera is the top ranked shortstop that will probably end up playing at third base because Trevor Story will be manning shortstop when he is ready. Then again Tulo and Arenado might have something of a block in place for both young men for the foreseeable future.

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3 – Eddie Butler

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A great fastball / slider combination has this right hander ready to be noticed by the bigs. He most recently had a 1.80 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP for the 2013 Double-A season. It won’t be a shock to see him towards the top of a starting five one day soon.

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2 – David Dahl

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There is no shortage of outfielders in the Rockies system but Dahl is lucky number one of them all. He is a great all around hitter already and shouldn’t have any problem finding his grove at the MLB level one day very soon, likely around 2015.

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1 – Jonathan Gray

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Gray was drafted and signed in 2013 but already has been very impressive. His fastball is steadily upwards of 100 mph and is quickly learning to accompany it with other pitches. Because he came from college he will likely have a quick path to the majors as long as he hits no speed bumps on the way.

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